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Washington's Color Palette

Actually, this is the color palette of Rhode Island artist Gilbert Charles Stuart (1755-1828).

Living through the American Revolution, then receiving the commission to paint the portrait of our first President summoned nothing but the highest standards of vision and excellence.

Stuart's oil paint palette:

Asphaltum and/or Van Dyke brown=Cassel Earth Paint

Here's a link to another well written essay by George O'Hanlon for Natural Pigments explaining Mr. Stuart's paints & pigments during this amazing time in American history. Gilbert Stuart's Palette

Happy President's Day!

Photo Credit: George Washington, 24" x29" oil on canvas, 1797, housed in the Clark Art Institute


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