The Painter's Chair
George Washington and the Making of American Art
with Historian and Author Hugh Howard
“I am so hackneyed to the touches of the painters pencil, that I am now altogether at their beck...no dray moves more readily to the Thill, than I do to the Painters Chair.” George Washington, May 16, 1785
Writer and historian Hugh Howard explores the emergence of the American republic through the abundance of portraits of its most indispensable man, George Washington, and the painters who defined him. As patron and subject, Washington launched the public’s appetite for portraiture and history painting. Mr. Howard reveals how John Trumbull, Edward Savage, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale, and Rembrandt Peale toiled to create an art worthy of the revolutionary republic and the hero they turned into an icon. The lecture sheds light on the early role of art within the public sphere.
The lecture will be followed by a tour of Washington portraits, some rarely seen, in the Tudor Place collection.
Mr. Howard’s books include: Houses of Presidents; Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War; Houses of the Founding Fathers; Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson, Architect; and, Colonial Houses: The Historic Homes of Williamsburg. He has written for publications including: The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Biblio, Adirondack Life, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, Preservation, and Early American Life, and many other publications
Complimentary for Landmark Society Members
$15.00 for Tudor Place Members
$20.00 for Non-Members
Reservations must be made in advance
call (202) 965.0400 Ext. 104 or e-mail Braedon Renne
When & Where
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tudor Place Foundation operates a historic property located in the heart of Washington’s Georgetown area. Firmly rooted in the community, Tudor Place Foundation’s mission is to educate the public about American history and culture. Its focus is on the historical development of the Federal City and the Nation’s Capitol Region from the 18th century as seen through the lens of Tudor Place, home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter and six generations of her descendants, the Custis-Peter family. The Foundation is committed to protecting, preserving, maintaining, and interpreting the historic property and the collections, while instilling the value of the past in the public perception.