National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of James Monroe Gilbert Stuart (painter)
American, 1755 - 1828
James Monroe, c. 1817
oil on wood
overall: 64.8 x 55 cm (25 1/2 x 21 5/8 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
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From the Tour: Gilbert Stuart Paints the First Five Presidents
Object 5 of 5

Monroe's likeness, a replica of one done from life in 1817, is the only picture in the Gibbs-Coolidge set with a pale background. Stuart very rarely used light settings for his portrayals of men. Since James Monroe was the last of the first five presidents, serving from 1817 to 1825, this glowing sky might symbolize the Republic's future.

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