Portrait of George Washington [Equestrian]
This portrait created an enduring national image of Washington. Rembrandt Peale intended this portrait to represent Washington as a man of noble deeds and selfless public service. The resulting image is now one of the leading patriotic and desirable images of Washington.
To create a “standard likeness” of Washington, Peale reviewed portraits of Washington done by other artists such as John Trumbull and Gilbert Stuart.
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Rembrandt Peale painted portraits of many prominent people of his day. His mastery of portraiture exceeds even that of his father.
The painting is the official presidential portrait of Jefferson and is one of Peale’s most acclaimed works.