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Imagining George Washington
The Boglewood Catalog
of Images Published during his Life

Image Source: Walter Robertson


WALTER ROBERTSON (d. 1802), was a star-crossed Irish-born miniature painter primarily working in miniatures. After study at the Dublin Society's Schools, he operated a studio in Dublin from about 1768 to 1784, when he moved to London. The artist did not prosper in London, however, and returned to Dublin,


where he was declared bankrupt in 1792 with his property sold at auction.
   While in London Robertson had become acquainted with Gilbert Stuart, and he accompanied Stuart to the United States in 1793. He left America two years later for India, where he died at Futtehpore.

Watercolor on ivory
3" x 2-3/8" (1794)


Perhaps through efforts of Gilbert Stuart, Walter Robertson painted at least two miniature portraits of Washington, likely in 1974.  Washington gave these miniatures to Martha Parke Custis and Eliza Parke Custis, granddaughters of his wife Martha.

Robert Field, who engraved one of them in 1795, said Robertson's miniature "is as good a likeness and as fine a piece of painting as I ever saw."

   Print based on Robertson Type A

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