Gilbert Charles Stuart
(1755 - 1828)
Gilbert Charles Stuart was active/lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island / England. Gilbert Stuart is known for portrait painting, some genre-figure.
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.
He was the son of a snuff-mill owner in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Of Scottish descent, he had the baptismal name of Gilbert Stewart but changed it to the Jacobite spelling, wanting to be associated in name with the royal Stuart family of England. Displaying 750 of 4798 characters.