"I am so hackneyed to the touches of the Painters pencil, that I am now altogether at their beck, and sit like patience on a Monument, whilst they are delineating the lines of my face." –George Washington, 1785
Rather than depicting young Washington, Wood borrowed the head from Gilbert Stuart’s iconic portrait of the first president, making him instantly recognizable, building on nineteenth-century beliefs that when it came to portraits of George, even if “a better likeness of him were shown to us, we should reject it; for, the only idea that we now have of George Washington, is associated with Stuart.”
All artworks from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition "George and Martha," on view at the Amon Carter through July 2015.
Concept and text
Maggie Adler, assistant curator
Jana Hill, digital engagement manager