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Screen Shot 2016 01 29 at 03.17.18 Estimate: $150,000-250,000This rare Portrait of George Washington being offered by Keno Auctions in the USA, is one of Gilbert Stuart's "Vaughan" examples, named after the Philadelphia merchant who purchased the 1795 painting of Washington - the first time that the President had sat for the artist. Versions of this earliest portrayal of Washington by Stuart rarely come to market and most reside in major institutions such as the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Winterthur, the Frick, Harvard University, and Colonial Williamsburg.

Stuart painted this particular "Vaughan" Washington for Philadelphia merchant Philip Nicklin.The third owner Moses Kimball, exhibited it at his newly built Boston Museum in 1849. Five owners later, the extant bill of sale notes that it was sold by the well-known Boylston Street Boston Painting Dealer Robert B. Campbell to Count Ivan N. Podgoursky on Feb.5, 1945. It has descended in his family, and was consigned by the Estate of the Count to Keno Auctions present sale.

After receiving the press release for this item, we briefly spoke with Leigh Keno, and he certainly was very happy to be offering this iconic image for sale on 31 January 2016, suggesting to us that the painting rated as a '10' in terms of quality, rarity and condition.

Keno Auctions set a world record for any Revolutionary War manuscript when an historic document written by the Second Continental Congress was sold at his auction for $912,500.

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