Preserving George Washington's Portrait

In 1796, Gilbert Stuart painted the celebrated "Lansdowne" portrait in Germantown, Penn.

In 1796, Gilbert Stuart painted the celebrated "Lansdowne" portrait in his Germantown, Penn., studio. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Mark Pachter, director of the National Portrait Gallery, finds a donor to help the Smithsonian Insitution purchase Gilbert Stuart's 1796 portrait of George Washington. His ability to raise more than $20 million for the effort is a tribute to the lasting appeal of an iconic image.

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