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Important Old Master Paintings
31 January 1997
New York, Park Avenue
John Faed, R.S.A.* (1820-1902)
Portrait of George Washington taking the Salute at Trenton
oil on canvas
56 x 41.5in. (142 x 105.5cm.)
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, Skibo Castle, Scotland.
Anon. Sale, Sotheby's, New York, April 11, 1984, lot 55 ($43,000).
Possibly G.A. Eisen, Portraits of Washington, 1932, II, p. 554.
The present work is an autograph version, with many pentiments, of the painting in the collection of Saint Mary's Art Guild, Detroit. According to McKerrow (Mary McKerrow, The Faeds, A Biography, 1981, p. 34) the original painting, which was painted in 1856, was bought by the publisher James Keith of Princes Street, Edinburgh for £200. The composition was engraved by William Hall.
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