A major portrait of George Washington by the American painter Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) is now on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, courtesy of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. This is the first public presentation of the painting, known as George Washington (The Constable-Hamilton Portrait), since its purchase by Crystal Bridges at auction last year. It is installed in the Kilroy Gallery of the Audrey Jones Beck Building, where it will be on view for the next year.
“The MFAH is thrilled to host this likeness of our first president while the Crystal Bridges Museum is being readied for its public opening,” said Peter C. Marzio, director at the MFAH. “Gilbert Stuart,” said Emily Ballew Neff, curator of American painting and sculpture at the MFAH, “is one of the finest portrait painters of any era. Although the MFAH has two portraits by Gilbert Stuart, both at Bayou Bend, neither is of George Washington, so this is a spectacular opportunity for the public, and schoolchildren in particular, to see an outstanding portrait of Stuart’s greatest subject.”
The Chronicle‘s AP story is here.