The painter Gilbert Stuart first painted a portrait of George Washington from life in 1795 showing the right side of Washington’s face and again in 1796 showing the left side of Washington’s face. From these two life paintings, Gilbert Stuart painted many other portraits of George Washington. One of these portraits painted by Gilbert Stuart was used for the image on the one dollar bill. For this reason, Gilbert Stuart’s interpretation of the way that George Washington has become the dominant image of George Washington in the public’s mind today.

~ by americanpresidents on July 20, 2009.

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