Portrait of a young boy, three quarters view, with a dog

Portrait of James Ward, 1779

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  16.2

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The sitter’s last name and initial, J. Ward, are inscribed on his dog’s collar. Gilbert Stuart, a Rhode Island native, painted this portrait while working in the London studio of his mentor, the American artist Benjamin West. The pose, costume, and canine companion overtly reference portraits of British royalty from the 1600s. Stuart went on to paint likenesses of U.S. leaders, including the image of George Washington seen on every dollar bill.

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Sargent, Luxembourg Gardens at Twilight (#274)
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Title
Portrait of James Ward
Artist Life
1755–1828
Role
Artist
Accession Number
16.2
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Portrait of a young boy, three quarters view, with a dog