Stuart Portraits Shipped Back to Boston

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The Gilbert Stuart Portraits of George and Martha Washington, on display at the National Portrait Gallery since 1980, are shipped to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This agreement, that the Museums share the portraits, and exhibit them on a rotating basis, was part of the plan worked out in 1980 when the two museums jointly purchased the paintings from the Boston Athenaeum.


  • Stuart, Gilbert 1755-1828
  • Washington, George 1732-1799
  • Washington, Martha 1731-1802
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • United States President


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"
  • Torch, 7/1980, p. 1
  • Torch, 6/1983, p. 2

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


March, 1983


  • Art
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  • Portraits
  • History
  • National Collections
  • Art--History
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