Artwork of the Week: August 9

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Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828) and Jane Stuart (American, 1812–1888), Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, oil on wood panel, 1818–28. Gallery 28, in the free exhibition Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie

Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828) and Jane Stuart (American, 1812–1888), Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, oil on wood panel, 1818–28. Gallery 28, in the free exhibition Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie

Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819) became a national hero in the War of 1812 after defeating a British squadron near Put-in-Bay, Ohio on Lake Erie. He sat for this likeness just before leaving for the West Indies in 1818, where he died of yellow fever on his 34th birthday. Gilbert Stuart was notorious for leaving paintings unfinished and completed only the head. His talented 16-year-old daughter Jane finished the sky, body, and uniform after her father’s death.


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