PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, AFTER GILBERT STUART’S ‘ATHENAEUM’ PORTRAIT, SECOND-QUARTER, NINETEENTH CENTURY.
Oil on canvas, 29 ¾ x 25 inches. The reverse with label inscribed “R735.”
Provenance: Drexl or Biddle family of Philadelphia. In 1903-1904 George Drexel built a summer home in Islesboro, Maine after he decided to leave Mount Desert Island because neighbors were disturbed by the noise from his yacht “Alcedo.” Drexel had very close ties to his relatives the Biddles; when his sister died at a young age, Drexel brought up his nephew, Livingston Biddle. The portrait of Washington offered here was found in a Drexel or Livingston cottage in Islesboro by the current owner. It was probably acquired by Drexel in the Philadelphia area in the early twentieth century. The printed inventory number “735” on the back of the frame cannot be identified at this time.