Bank of America to Partner in Restoring Lansdowne Portrait
The Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington known as the Lansdowne portrait will be conserved beginning in February 2016. Bank of America will provide the funding. The full-length painting of Washington in 1796, during his second term, is the centerpiece of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The painting will be off view for a period, but, at points during the treatment, it will be in the Lunder Conservation Center’s glass-enclosed lab where visitors can see the work underway. The Gallery acquired the painting in 2001 through a gift by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The conservation is expected to take 18 months.