William Smith and His Grandson, 1788, Charles Willson Peale

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VMFA Book Club: The Painter’s Chair

Thu, Mar 26, 5:30 – 7 pm

Founder's Conference Room

Tracing the development of Colonial American portraiture, Hugh Howard introduces us to the “founding fathers of American painting”: Charles Willson Peale, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart. These painters’ interactions with their most famous sitter, George Washington, allow the reader to develop a deeper understanding of what made early American painting unique and how these artists viewed their new country.