The Lansdowne Portrait was painted for William Petty, first Marquess of Lansdowne and British Prime Minister. Stuart went on to paint three copies (one attributed); one variation — The Constable-Hamilton Portrait; and four revised versions, starting with The Munro-Lenox Portrait, which significantly alter Washington’s body and his pose.
Washington sat for Gilbert Stuart in Philadelphia between 1795 and 1796. These sittings resulted in three distinct images: the
Vaughan type (facing to his left), the
Athenaeum head (facing to his right — and used in reverse on the one dollar bill), and the
Lansdowne portrait (full-length).