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Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802)

Accession Number
1895.76

Title
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802)

Artist(s)
Rembrandt Peale

Object Creation Date
1858

Medium & Support
oil on canvas

Dimensions
35 ⅞ in x 29 ⅛ in (91.12 cm x 73.98 cm);35 ⅞ in x 29 ⅛ in (91.12 cm x 73.98 cm);47 ¾ in x 40 ½ in (121.29 cm x 102.87 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis

Subject matter
Based on a portrait of Martha Washington by his father, Charles Willson Peale, in 1795, this is one of several posthumous portraits of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (June 2, 1731-May 22, 1802) painted by Rembrandt Peale in the 1850s. The stone oculus surrounding the sitter mirrors Peale’s “porthole portraits” of George Washington, which he framed in stone to underscore the subject’s monumentality and to serve as an allusion to the Roman Republic, whose ideals were continually invoked by the Founding Fathers.

Physical Description
Bust-length portrait of a woman with grey hair in a cream colored dress seated in a red chair with a view of the landscape to right of figure seen through an illusionistic stone oval window or oculus.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
portrait

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
portraits
seated
sunset
window
windows
women (female humans)

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UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 1st floor ➜ 103 (Marvin H. Davidson Gallery)