Louvre Acquires Washington Portrait

An 1822 Gilbert Stuart painting of the first American president has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by the Louvre museum. The oil rendering, which depicts George Washington at a desk with a document and a sword, will go on display at the French institution’s soon-to-be outpost in Abu Dhabi. Stuart, who hailed from Rhode Island, painted over 100 portraits of Washington, primarily displayed in American museums. The portrait will go on display next to Jacques-Louis David’s iconic “Napoleon Crossing the Alps.”