ARTIST: James Sharples Jr., American
Size: 16x20 inches
Substrate: Premium Matte paper
Bleed: full bleed (image goes edge to edge)
Why all the posters of Washington: Working on a series for on artwork, portraits and jewelry created during George Washington's lifetime. We well be putting up as much as time allows. Take a look!
About This Piece: James Sharples Sr. was an English portrait painter and pastelist, who moved to the United States in 1794. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1779. This is a recreation by his son, of his original work. "The mainstay of Sharples's business was making replicas from the life portrait he made of Washington, just as Gilbert Stuart's staple was making replicas in oil of his portrait of the first president." The Sharples charged $15 per profile and $25 for a full-face view.
Sharples' family members all took part in duplicating the original portraits, which sometimes made it hard to distinguish the original from the duplicate.
Sharples often used a physiognotrace, a mechanical drawing aid, to record an exact profile, which he kept for his personal collection. He would then copy these originals for resale. He also painted three-quarter bust-size pastel portraits with a delicate, precise touch. His color palette was predominantly black, white, and grey. The skin was rendered in flesh tones and the backgrounds were generally blue.
Object Details
Artist:James Sharples Jr. (ca. 1788–1839)
Medium:Pastel on toned (now oxidized) laid paper
Dimensions:9 3/8 x 7 3/8 in. (23.8 x 18.7 cm)
This image is part of The Met's Open Access Images program and has a "CC0 Public Domain Designation." This image will be printed with the highest of standards. If for some reason you do not like it (but you will!), full refunds are offered.
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POSTER: George Washington, 1796 (Artist: James Sharples Jr.) - 16"x20"