Hubert von Sonnenburg

Masterpieces Return to the Galleries

portrait of seventeenth century woman dressed in ivory and gold with a lace ruff collar.
Masterpieces by Gilbert Stuart and Anthony Van Dyck Return to the Galleries
March 21, 2002 to April 25, 2002

Gilbert Stuart was the foremost portrait painter of the newly formed United States. He painted many of the most prominent figures of his day, including the first five American presidents, but none of the thousand portraits he made attained such renown as the three he painted from life of George Washington and those he replicated to order throughout his later career. To most visitors to The Frick Collection, Stuart's George Washington is instantly recognizable; in a collection of mainly European masterpieces, it is the only painting of an American by an American.