21 October 2004
PROPERTY DESCENDED THROUGH A NEW ENGLAND FAMILY
A FRENCH PORTRAIT PLAQUE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
signed Jie Liénard, first quarter of the 19th century
Finely painted with a three-quarter length portrait of the statesman half turned to the left, wearing somber day dress of a white foulad shirt, black vest and brown jacket, his white hair en queue in a black ribbon, signed along the right edge, the reverse inscribed in ink 'Henry Austin Whitney. from William W. Tucker Jany. 1. 1860 Sent to me from Paris H.A.W.'
5½ in. (14 cm.) high, within ebonized and gilt wood frame
William W. Tucker, Paris
Henry Austin Whitney, a gift in 1860
By descent through the family to the present owner
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The present portrait plaque was more likely painted during the first quarter of the 19th century and not circa 1795 as noted in the printed catalogue.
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