George Washington

Artist: Charles Peale Polk (1767–1822)

Date: ca. 1790

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 21 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. (55.2 x 45.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924

Accession Number: 24.109.81


Polk used his uncle Charles Willson Peale's so-called Convention portrait as the basis for this image; Peale painted the original portrait from life at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Polk portrayed Washington numerous times from various sources but never from life. In 1790 Polk wrote to Washington requesting a sitting and stating that he had executed fifty portraits of him during the previous year.