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On Desperate Seas: A Biography of Gilbert Stuart

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This is Flexner's portrait of Gilbert Stuart, painter of George Washington, and other founding fathers, who once shied away from a self-portrait he had begun to please his bride. Flexner presents us with a portrait constructed as the artist would have constructed it, frank, without flattery, profound, and soul-stirring. A man once regarded as the probable successor of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Stuart was born in poverty in Rhode Island. He became through his art the intimate of the great of two continents. Yet, he never ...

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On Desperate Seas: A Biography of Gilbert Stuart
1995, Fordham University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780823216123

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