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 Gilbert Charles Stuart  (1755 - 1828)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Rhode Island / England      Known for: portrait painting, some genre-figure

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BIOGRAPHY for Gilbert Charles Stuart
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Birth
1755 (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)
 
Death
1828 (Boston, Massachusetts)

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Massachusetts/Rhode Island / England

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portrait painting, some genre-figure

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Likely America's best-known portrait painter, Gilbert Stuart is difficult to track biographically because so many parts of his life have been embellished or cloaked by his biographers who have romanticized the life of this man so associated with the portraits of George Washington. And he also told untrue, embellished stories about himself. Stuart was, in fact, a temperamental, hard-living man who lived way beyond his means, which left him and his family in impoverished circumstances.

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