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Marvin Sadik Examines Martha Washington Portrait

February 25, 1980

An agreement is reached whereby the Smithsonian Institution purchases, jointly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the portraits of George and Martha Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart.

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