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George Washington The Lansdowne Portrait
This painting is known as the "Lansdowne Portrait" of George Washington, and is regarded as the most famous painting of the first President of the United States. It was a replica of this painting that Dolley Madison saved from an about to be torched White House during the War of 1812.
This painting is known as the Lansdowne Portrait because it was painted for the Marquess of Lansdowne (who was also the Prime Minister of Great Britain) in 1796 by renowned American portraitist Gilbert Stuart. This painting was so popular Stuart was asked to paint a replica of it for the White House, and that is the painting Dolley Madison saved from the British (which is ironic when you consider who the original was painted for).
In 2001, The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation paid $30 million for the painting, and gave it to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., where it is on prominent display as the museum's most famous (and expensive) painting.
June 24th, 2013
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