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President Bush awards Medal of Freedom in Washington
President George W. Bush delivers remarks at the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington on June 19, 2008. A portrait of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart is seen behind Bush. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Gilbert Stuart Self Portrait, painted in 1778

Gilbert Charles Stuart (born Stewart) (December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828) was an American painter from Rhode Island.

Gilbert Stuart is widely considered to be one of America's foremost portraitists. His best known work, the unfinished portrait of George Washington that is sometimes referred to as The Athenaeum, was begun in 1796 and never finished; Stuart retained the portrait and used it to paint 130 copies which he sold for $100 each. The image of George Washington featured in the painting has appeared on the United States one-dollar bill for over a century, and on various U.S. Postage stamps of the 19th century and early 20th century.

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