Dermot Rooney, left, and David Schlaegel prepare to install George Washington’s Peale portrait, on loan from Washington & Lee University, in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum at Mount Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 in Mount Vernon, Va. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)


MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — The earliest known portrait of George Washington is on public display at his historic home.

Washington’s Mount Vernon estate put the 1772 portrait by Charles Willson Peale on display Thursday in its museum and education center.

The portrait is on loan from Washington and Lee University and is expected to stay at Mount Vernon for the next two years.

In exchange, Mount Vernon has lent its famous 1798 portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart to the university. That portrait serves as the basis for Washington’s depiction on the dollar bill.

The Peale portrait shows Washington as a colonel in the Virginia Regiment and is the only known portrait of him before the American Revolution.

Mount Vernon believes it’s the first time the portrait has returned to the estate since 1802.


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Mount Vernon Displays Earliest Known Washington Portrait

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