Happy Birthday, Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuat


“When I painted him, he had just had a set of false teeth inserted, which accounts for the constrained expression so noticeable about the mouth and lower part of the face.”

Gilbert Stuart, speaking of George Washington.

(December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828)  One of America’s foremost portraitists.


Brilliant and temperamental, Gilbert Stuart was a prolific painter, even though he sustained bouts of depression that confined him to his bed for several weeks.  He is famous for his portraits of the first six presidents of the United States, most notably, George Washington

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