Stuart Portraits Arrive in D.C

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The Gilbert Stuart portraits of George and Martha Washington arrive in Washington by charter jet. The portraits, which came from the Boston Athenaeum, are part of a time-share agreement between the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Smithsonian had hoped to purchase the paintings alone, but many in Boston protested the paintings leaving the city permanently.


  • Stuart, Gilbert 1755-1828
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," July 1980, p. 1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 2, 1980


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  • History
  • Art--History

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