George Washington, by Charles Willson Peale, 1772.
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This early portrait of Washington depicts him as an officer in the Virginia militia.

Credit: Courtesy of Washington and Lee University

In 1772 Charles Willson Peale traveled to Mount Vernon to paint  the only pre-Revolutionary likeness of George Washington, here in his uniform as a colonel of the Virginia militia. Peale would paint Washington from life seven different times, more than any other artist.

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