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Untitled. George Washington.

  • ARTIST: Gilbert Stuart

  • PUBLISHER: No publishers name given.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving,

    DATE: Undated, early 19th century

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7/16 x 5/16" (5 x 4 mm)

  • DESCRIPTION: A highly unusual minature engraved portrait basically the size of a pencil eraser. Hart list two states, this and another where it is now engraved upon a breast of an eagle making the overall size 1.4 x 1.2” A very unusual portrait. Printed on painted? paper. Born in 1732, George Washington served as the first President of the United States. He was a Virginia gentleman, brought up with strong morals and a passion for both the military and for western expansion. At the young age of sixteen, Washington fought in the French and Indian War and served as an aide to Gen. Braddock. Upon the start of the American Revolution, Washington fought to keep his plantation safe, and he was vehemently opposed to the restrictions placed on the colonies by the British government. Washington was elected a delegate from Virginia and became the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. A shrewd and thoughtful leader, Washington employed a tactic of falling back suddenly then striking quickly to surprise his enemies; with the aide of French allies, this method of fighting helped Washington force Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown. Washington worked to create the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (1787) so as to remedy the nation which seemed to struggle under the existing Articles of Confederation. Washington was elected President when the Constitution was ratified. Under the new Constitution, Washington sought to operate within the new boundaries set for a national leader, and was left to determine the foreign affairs of the country. He decided upon a neutral course while the United States developed into a strong entity. At the end of his second term, Washington retired from politics, returning to his home in Mount Vernon. He died three years later, in the winter of 1799.


  • CONDITION: Overall in good - very good condition. mounted on larger sheet of paper., likely by collector in the early 20th century.

  • REFERENCE: Hart, Engraved portraits of Washington #548: Baker, Engraved portraits of Washington #181.