Massachusetts Artists - Portraits and the Soul of America

This series will introduce artists associated with certain states; this one is my home state of Massachusetts.


No doubt about it. The eighteenth-century artist followed the pursuits of their English counterparts: paint the rich, the nobleman, England's penchant for showing the client in the extravagant surroundings, wearing silk and the finest fur. No longer the preserve of royalty, commissioned portraits — of oneself or one’s ancestors — became a coveted symbol of wealth and status.


Gilbert Stuart

December 3, 1755 - July 9, 1828


The artist's dream in this new world was to make that commission an absolute. How on earth did Gilbert Stuart land the task of painti