GW: In the News

Questions — The Landsdowne Portrait

1. In his short letter to Gilbert Stuart (image of manuscript and transcript of text below), what seems to be GW's attitude toward sitting for the painter?
2. How do you think those who saw the portrait were supposed to think of Washington? What are the visual clues that support your answer?

Monday Evening 11th Apl 1796


I am under promise to Mrs Bingham, to set for you tomorrow at nine oclock; and wishing to know if it would be convenient to you that I should do so, and whether it shall be at your own house, (as she talked of the State House) I send this note to you, to ask information. I am Sir Your obedient Servt

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