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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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.



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
7John Trumbull, Patrick Tracy, 1784/1786
8Benjamin West, Colonel Guy Johnson and Karonghyontye (Captain David Hill), 1776