Gilbert Stuart

1755-1828 Gilbert Stuart was born in North Kingston, R.I., on Dec. 3, 1755. At the age of 13 or 14 he studied art with the Scottish painter Cosmo Alexander in Newport. With Alexander he made a tour of the South and a journey to Edinburgh, where Alexander died in 1772. For about a year Stuart remained, poverty-stricken, in Scotland, but finally, working as a sailor, he managed to get back to America. There he executed a few portraits in a hard limner fashion. With the Revolutionary War threatening, his family, who had Tory sympathies, fled to Nova Scotia, and Stuart sailed for London, where he remained from 1775 to 1787. For the first 4 or 5 years, Stuart served as the first assistant of American expatriate painter Benjamin West, who had rescued him from poverty. From the first, Stuart showed an interest only in portraiture and had no desire to go into the branch of history painting West practiced. After his apprenticeship, Stuart became London's leading portrait painter, next to Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, whose style he emulated, as in a rare full-length portrait of William Grant of Congalton as The Skater (ca. 1782). For a while Stuart lived in splendor, but being a bad businessman and a profligate spender, he was in constant debt. He lived in Ireland from 1787 to 1792 and then returned to America to make a fortune,

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Gilbert Stuart Self-Portrait oil painting


Self-Portrait
Painting ID::  26943
Artist: Gilbert Stuart
Painting: Self-Portrait
Introduction: mk52 1778 Oil on canvs 42.5x32.3cm Redwood Library and Athenaeum,Newport Rhode Island
   
   
     

Gilbert Stuart The Skater oil painting


The Skater
Painting ID::  31385
Artist: Gilbert Stuart
Painting: The Skater
Introduction: nn07 1782, National Gallery of Art at Washington D.C.
   
   
     

Gilbert Stuart Mrs. Richard Yates oil painting


Mrs. Richard Yates
Painting ID::  31386
Artist: Gilbert Stuart
Painting: Mrs. Richard Yates
Introduction: nn07 1793-94, National Gallery of Art at Washington D.C.
   
   
     

Gilbert Stuart George Washington oil painting


George Washington
Painting ID::  31678
Artist: Gilbert Stuart
Painting: George Washington
Introduction: mk75 1795 Huile sur toile 76.8x64.1cm
   
   
     

Gilbert Stuart George Washington oil painting


George Washington
Painting ID::  31826
Artist: Gilbert Stuart
Painting: George Washington
Introduction: mk76 Painted 1795-96 Oil on canvas 29 1/4x24in
   
   
     

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     1755-1828 Gilbert Stuart was born in North Kingston, R.I., on Dec. 3, 1755. At the age of 13 or 14 he studied art with the Scottish painter Cosmo Alexander in Newport. With Alexander he made a tour of the South and a journey to Edinburgh, where Alexander died in 1772. For about a year Stuart remained, poverty-stricken, in Scotland, but finally, working as a sailor, he managed to get back to America. There he executed a few portraits in a hard limner fashion. With the Revolutionary War threatening, his family, who had Tory sympathies, fled to Nova Scotia, and Stuart sailed for London, where he remained from 1775 to 1787. For the first 4 or 5 years, Stuart served as the first assistant of American expatriate painter Benjamin West, who had rescued him from poverty. From the first, Stuart showed an interest only in portraiture and had no desire to go into the branch of history painting West practiced. After his apprenticeship, Stuart became London's leading portrait painter, next to Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, whose style he emulated, as in a rare full-length portrait of William Grant of Congalton as The Skater (ca. 1782). For a while Stuart lived in splendor, but being a bad businessman and a profligate spender, he was in constant debt. He lived in Ireland from 1787 to 1792 and then returned to America to make a fortune,