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image of The Skater (Portrait of William Grant) Gilbert Stuart (painter)
American, 1755 - 1828
The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782
oil on canvas
overall: 245.5 x 147.4 cm (96 5/8 x 58 1/16 in.) framed: 274.3 x 177.2 x 9.5 cm (108 x 69 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1950.18.1
On View
From the Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s
Object 12 of 12

1782"Royal Academy, 1782. Fourteenth Exhibition." The Morning Chronicle, and London Advertiser (30 April 1782): 3.
1782"Postscript. Account of the Exhibition of Paintings, &c. at the Royal Academy." St. James Chronicle, or British Evening Post, 2-4 May 1782: 4.
1782"Candid." Letter to the Editor. The Morning Chronicle, and London Advertiser (9 May 1782): 2.
1816Jouett, Matthew Harris. "Notes Taken by M. H. Jouett while in Boston from Conversations on painting with Gilbert Stuart Esqr." Manuscript, published in Gilbert Stuart and His Pupils, by John Hill Morgan. New York, 1816: 86, 87.
1834Dunlap 1834, 1:183-184.
1846Lester, C. Edwards. The Artists of America. New York, 1846: 126.
1877Stuart, Jane. "The Youth of Gilbert Stuart." Scribner's Monthly 13, no. 5 (March 1877): 642.
1878"The Old Masters at Burlington House. Second Notice." The Illustrated London News 72, no. 2012 (January 19, 1878): 66.
1878"The Old Masters at Burlington House. Third Notice." The Illustrated London News 72, no. 2013 (January 26, 1878): 91.
1878"The Old Masters at the Royal Academy." Saturday Review 45, no. 1159 (January 12, 1878): 50.
1879Mason, George C. The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1879: 187-190.
1880"Portraits Painted by Stuart...taken from Mason's Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart." In Exhibition of Portraits Painted by Gilbert Stuart. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880: 41, no. 268.
1883Quincy, Josiah. Figures of the Past from the Leaves of Old Journals. 4th ed. Boston, 1883: 84.
1926Park 1926, 34, 358-359, no. 343, repro.
1928Whitley, William T. Artists and Their Friends in England, 1700-1800. 2 vols. London and Boston, 1928: 2:395-396.
1932Whitley, William T. Gilbert Stuart. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1932: 15, 31-36.
1952Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds., Great Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1952: 138, color repro., as The Skater.
1956Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1956: 50, color repro., as The Skater.
1957Shapley, Fern Rusk. Comparisons in Art: A Companion to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. London, 1957 (reprinted 1959): pl. 91.
1961Oswald, Arthur. "Our Ancestors on the Ice." Country Life 129 (9 February 1961): 268-270, repro.
1964Mount, Charles Merrill. Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1964: 69-74.
1966Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 2:380, color repro.
1969Prown, Jules David. American Painting, From its Beginnings to the Armory Show. Geneva, 1969: 47-48.
1970American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 106, repro., as The Skater.
1973Button, Dick. "The Art of Skating." Antiques 103, no. 2 (February 1973): 351-362, color repro. on cover.
1975Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 380, color repro. 381.
1978King, Marian. Adventures in Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1978: 54, pl. 31.
1980Evans, Dorinda. Benjamin West and his American Students. Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Washington, 1980: 55, 57-58, repro. 59.
1980Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: 10, no. 6, color repro.
1980American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 234, repro.
1981Williams 1981, color repro. 49, 62, repro. 63.
1981Waterson, Merlin. "Hissing Along the Polished Ice." Country Life 169 (2 April 1981): repro. 872.
1984Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 376, no. 531, color repro.
1986Pressly, William L. "Gilbert Stuart's The Skater: An Essay in Romantic Melancholy." American Art Journal 18, no. 1, 1986: 42-51, fig. 1.
1986McLanathan, Richard. Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1986: color repro. 36, 37, 45-47.
1987Pearson, Andrea G. "Gilbert Stuart's The Skater (Portrait of William Grant) and Henry Raeburn's The Reverend Robert Walker, D.D., Skating on Duddington Loch: A Study of Sources." Rutgers Art Review 8 (1987): 55-70, fig. 1.
1988Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 58-59, no. 6, color repro.
1990Crean, Hugh R. Gilbert Stuart and the politics of fine arts patronage in Ireland, 1787-1793; A social and cultural study. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1990: 55-62.
1992National Gallery of Art, Washington. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 214, repro.
1992American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 345, repro.
1995Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 162-169, color repro. 165.
1997Thomson, Duncan. Raeburn: The Art of Sir Henry Raeburn 1756-1823, Exh. cat. Scottish National Portrait Gallery at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; National Portrait Gallery, London, 1997-1998, p. 90, no. 61, repro.
1997Hughes, Robert. American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America. New York, 1997: 128, color fig. 81.
1998Mandel, Corinne. "Melancholy." In Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art, edited by Helene E. Roberts. 2 vols. Chicago, 1998: 2:586-588.
2004Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 294-295, no. 240, color repro.
2011Gopnik, Adam. Winter: Four Windows on the Season. Toronto, 2011: 142-143, color repro.
2013Evans, Dorinda. Gilbert Stuart and the Impact of Manic Depression. Burlington, 2013: 162-164, 168 nn. 36 and 37, fig. 11.

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