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Visit the online Met Store for related publications, reproductions, and other products. The most successful and resourceful portraitist of America’s early national period, Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828) possessed enormous natural talent, which he devoted to the representation of human likeness and character. This retrospective exhibition highlights his achievement by displaying a carefully selected group of portraits of exceptional quality, ranging in date from the early works he produced in Newport, Rhode Island, to those executed in Boston at the end of his brilliant career. There is a special section devoted to Stuart’s celebrated portraits of George Washington. An international symposium will be held in connection with this exhibition on Friday, January 14, 2005. For more information, please contact

The exhibition is made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. The George Washington Gallery is made possible by First American Funds and U.S. Bank. The catalogue is made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support for the catalogue has been provided by the William Cullen Bryant Fellows. The exhibition has been organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.


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Gilbert Stuart
Special Exhibition Galleries, 2nd floor