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“porthole” portrait


Between seventy-five and eighty copies of the original “porthole” portrait of Washington exist, with slight variations. Peale justified the many replicas by claiming that, as the only living painter who had seen Washington, “the reduplication of [my] work, by [my] own hand, should be esteemed the most reliable.”


I have been noticing this in the Oval office while watching “House of Cards”, it’s there in reality! I took this a few years back at the VMFA and layered with an Egyptian relief also at VMFA.


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