Thomas Stothard (1755-1834)
after Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)
53.0, sub height 50.5, width 35.6 cm
[Version II] |
Charles Wilson Peale,
Oil on canvas (1779).
J. Brown Excudit. / Peel pinxit, Philadelphia. / Stothard Delin.t
Londini. / -V. Green fecit Mezzotinto Engraver to the King of Great
Britain and / the Elector Palatine. / General Washington. / From an
Original Picture in the possession of Mr. Brown. Publish'd by him
April 22d 1785, and Sold at No. 10, George Yard, Lombard Street, London.
Version I: (1785) As shown,
Version II: (1785) As
shown. Collection: New York Public Library;
National Portrait Gallery.
Version III: As shown,
with different form of etched lettering and with "Jos Brown"
instead of "J Brown."
Peale wrote to Benjamin West 10 December 1783:
carries over with him a portrait of Genl Washington & one
of Genl Greene to get plates engraved for me. I have left
it to his discretion to do the best he can for me. Your
advice will oblige me. (Sellers, Portraits, p. 232, quoted
in Wick, p. 31.)
Joseph Brown purchased both of the bust-length portraits.
He arranged for Thomas Stothard, an English artist, to reformat
the image Washington image as a full-length figure in a scene with
a horse, cannon and other elements. The resulting engraving, executed
by Valentine Green, was widely copied across Europe in subsequent
years. (Wick, pp. 31-33.)
2013 Boglewood Company/C. I. G.