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1881 Steel Engraving Gilbert Stuart Art Martha Washington Portrait First LWH1

1881 Steel Engraving Gilbert Stuart Art Martha Washington Portrait First LWH1

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"Martha Washington"

This is an original 1881 black and white steel engraving by John Chester Buttre (1821-1893) after the portrait by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) that portrays Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802), who was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Ergo, Martha was the "first" First Lady of the United States from 1789-1797.


This 132+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light creasing.

  • Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.25 x 7.25 inches; 13 x 18 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is proud to present a collection of steel and wood engravings from 1881 of portraits of First Ladies and the historical estates of American Presidents such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, and many others. This collection is perfect for anyone interested in the lives of the women of the White House, as many of the First Ladies in this collection, including Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, Rachel Donelson Jackson, Mary Todd Lincoln, and several others helped to shape the course of American history just as much as their husbands. To continue browsing this "stately" collection, simply click on the link provided beneath the condition paragraph. Enjoy!

This piece was illustrated by Stuart, Gilbert. Artist name printed on page - bottom center of image.

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)

Recognized as one of America's most prominent portraitists, Gilbert Stuart created over 1,000 pieces during his lifetime. His best known work continues to be an unfinished painting of George Washington, commonly referred to as The Athenaeum. Most Americans are familiar with it, whether they realize it or not, as that particular portrait is featured on the American one-dollar bill. Although Stuart suffered a stroke near the end of his life, he continued to work away diligently right up until his death.

Reproductive art by John Chester Buttre.

Keywords specific to this image: American Revolutionary War, Government

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