Foremost portraitist (1755-1828) of the American Revolution, remembered for his paintings of George Washington, including the 'unfinished portrait' found on the one-dollar bill. Exceedingly rare ALS signed “G. Stuart,” one page, 7.25 x 9.25, December 16, 1803. Letter to Edward Stow in Philadelphia, in full: "I have receiv'd my Cloaths—Applications for my professional exertions are very numerous—claims at home are great—for God's sake my good Friend hasten by all possible means the materials which are to close all these Gaps—with gratefull remembrance of your friendship & the most affectionate esteem." Addressed on the integral leaf in Stuart's hand to "Edward Stow Esq., 96 Chestnut St. Philadelphia." In very good to fine condition, with light stains (heavier to the address leaf), overall light creasing, two tears to the left edge, and seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf.
Stuart became friends with Edward Stow and his wife Anna while they were living in Philadelphia, and painted their portraits circa 1802-03. Today, Stuart's painting of Edward Stow resides in the National Gallery of Art, and the companion portrait of Mrs. Edward Stow (Anna Brewster Stow) is held by the Columbus Museum. Both portraits display the exquisite detail and lush setting for which Stuart's portraits are renowned. A superb and exceptionally rare autograph, this is the very first letter by Stuart that we have offered.
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