Manuel de Franca Portrait Painting - Portrait of George Washington
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Manuel de Franca
Portrait of George Washington



Manuel de Franca (Portugese/American, 1808-1865) oil on linen portrait of George Washington, after Gilbert Stuart. Washington is depicted wearing a dark coat and ruffled white shirt, and painted within an oval with the Latin words "Patriae Pater" beneath his chest. Signed lower right "MFranca pinxt". Housed in original beautiful Lemon-gilt gesso molded frame. 16" x 13" sight, 21" x 18" framed. Provenance: private Nashville collection. Professionally conserved in 2007, refer to images. Biography (courtesy of Askart) Portugese born artist Manuel De Franca studied at the Lisbon art school founded by Francisco Goya. When he was sentenced to death for his role in a revolt against the Don Miguel government, friends smuggled him out of Portugal on a ship to Philadelphia. There, he was befriended by the artist Joshua Shaw, and studied under Thomas Sully and John Neagle. Franca exhibited his work on the site of the Peale Museum with Joshua Shaw and Emanuel Leutze, and at the Apollo Gallery in New York City. He also submitted paintings to the American Art Union. In 1842, he traveled with his new wife to western Pennsylvania to decorate church altars. Then moving on to Tennessee and Kentucky, he painted portraits. He eventually settled in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1844. He became the city's most popular portrait artist. Franca founded the Western Academy of Art in 1860, but soon retired due to lung disease and died a short time later. CONDITION: Very Good, Wax lining with light amount of inpainting. Refer to scan of detailed professional conservation report from Cumberland Art Conservation, dated Nov. 2007.


  • Artist
    Manuel de Franca (1808 - 1865, American)
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  • Condition
    Good. Very Good Condition. Professionally Conserved in 2007..
  • Dimensions

    H 23 in. x W 20 in. x D 4 in.

    H 58.42 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 10.16 cm

  • Gallery location
    Gallatin, TN
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    De Franca - Portrait of Washington

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