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American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art

February 23 – March 30, 1947
Ground Floor, Central Gallery

Gilbert Stuart, William Thornton, 1804, oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1942.8.25

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: About 70 paintings were on view, most of them portraits of historical personages. As custodian for a future National Portrait Gallery, the Gallery held 17 of these. Included were The Peacemakers by George Peter Alexander Healy, recently purchased for the White House and lent through the courtesy of President Harry Truman; the portrait of Pocahontas, created when she was on a visit to London; and a recent portrait of General Eisenhower in his distinctive battle jacket.