Arts Everyday Living: Gilbert Stuart in London—Skating in Hyde Park

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GILBERT STUART IN LONDON

SKATING IN HYDE PARK

 

 

Gilbert Stuart, The Skater (Portrait of William Grant), 1782, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

….on account of the excessive coldness of the weather…the day was better suited for skating than sitting for one’s portrait.

William Grant

Before he achieved fame for his portraits of George Washington and other leading figures of the young American nation, Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) worked in London under the mentorship of fellow countryman Benjamin West.  One of Stuart’s early subjects was William Grant, whose pose was considered unorthodox at the time.

The image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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