National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: American Portraits of the Late 1700s and Early 1800s

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image of John Beale Bordley image of Benjamin and Eleanor Ridgely Laming image of The Washington Family
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image of Captain Charles Stewart image of Lady with a Harp: Eliza Ridgely image of Patrick Tracy
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Overview

Neither art schools nor internationally recognized painters existed in the colonies; so, many early American artists traveled to Europe for training. While abroad, as students at an academy or apprentices to a master, they could learn anatomy and perspective, the proportion of oil to pigment, and the touch of the brush.

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Captions

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1Mather Brown, William Vans Murray, 1787
2Charles Willson Peale, John Beale Bordley, 1770
3Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin and Eleanor Ridgely Laming, 1788
4Edward Savage, The Washington Family, 1789-1796
5Thomas Sully, Captain Charles Stewart, 1811-1812
6Thomas Sully, Lady with a Harp: Eliza Ridgely, 1818
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7John Trumbull, Patrick Tracy, 1784/1786
8Benjamin West, Colonel Guy Johnson and Karonghyontye (Captain David Hill), 1776