GILBERT STUART (1755-1828)
GILBERT STUART (1755-1828)
GILBERT STUART (1755-1828)
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Property from a Private Collection, Laguna Niguel, California
GILBERT STUART (1755-1828)


GILBERT STUART (1755-1828)
oil on panel
32 3/4 x 25 1/4 in.
Painted in 1819
Sarah Waldo (Wetmore) Story (1784-1855), Boston, the sitter
William Wetmore Story (1819-1893), Palazzo Barberini, Rome, Italy, son of the sitter
Julian Story (1856-1919), Vallombrosa, Italy and Philadelphia, son
Mrs. Elaine Story, widow
George Harry Webster, Haverhill, Massachusetts, by purchase from the above in 1921
Newhouse Galleries, New York
Colonel and Mrs. Louis Johnson
Ruth M. Johnson, by descent
Sotheby’s, New York, 8 December 1983, lot 11, consigned by the estate of the above
Sotheby’s, New York, 20 January 2019, lot 1628
George C. Mason, The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart (New York, 1879), p. 261.
Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart: An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works (New York, 1926), vol. 2, p. 714, no. 792; vol. 4, p. 489.
The Frick Art Reference Library, no. 122-5s.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Gilbert Stuart Memorial Exhibition, 24 October-4 December 1928, no. 170.

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Lot Essay

Sarah Waldo (Wetmore) Story (1784-1855) was born in Salem, the daughter of Judge William Wetmore (1749-1830) and his second wife, Sarah Waldo (d. 1805). In 1808, she married Joseph Story (1779-1845) in Boston’s North Church. Story graduated from Harvard University and after serving in Congress, was a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 until his death. Gilbert Stuart painted Sarah’s father in 1811 and eight years later, he painted both Sarah and her husband. Joseph Story bequeathed his portrait to Harvard, while the portraits of Sarah and her father descended to her son and grandson, William Wetmore Story, the renowned sculptor, and Julian Story, a painter, both of whom lived much of their lives in Italy.

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