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Past Exhibitions

American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution

September 28, 2014–January 18, 2015


George Washington(The Constable-Hamilton Portrait) by Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755-1828)
George Washington (The Constable Hamilton Portrait), 1797
Oil on canvas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The High Museum of Art, Musée du Louvre, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art will present the third installation in their four-year collaboration focusing on the history of American art. American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution provides a close look at five portraits that demonstrate how portraiture style evolved in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as American and European painters were influenced by each other. The installation’s five works have never been displayed together previously.

Following its presentation at the Louvre (Feb. 1–April 28, 2014), the installation will travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. (May 17–Sept. 15, 2014) and the High Museum of Art (Sept. 28, 2014–Jan. 18, 2015).

The five works included in the exhibition are:

  • George Washington after the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777, Attributed to Charles Willson Peale, ca. 1779. National Museum of the Palace of Versailles and the Trianons
  • Portrait of Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland, Gilbert Stuart, ca. 1788. High Museum of Art
  • Lieutenant Robert Hay of Spott, Sir Henry Raeburn, ca. 1790-94. Musée du Louvre
  • George Washington (The Constable-Hamilton Portrait), Gilbert Stuart, 1797. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • George Washington, Porthole Portrait, Rembrandt Peale, after 1824. Terra Foundation for American Art
Organization and Support

Exhibition Organization and Support
American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution is part of a multi-year collaboration with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Musée du Louvre, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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History of Collaborations Among the Partners
In 2003, the Terra Foundation supported a major conference on American art at the Louvre, entitled The Independence of American Art. The Louvre and the Terra Foundation collaborated again in 2006 on two important projects: the first American art exhibition at the Louvre, in which Samuel F. B. Morse’s monumental Gallery of the Louvre, 1831-33, from the Foundation’s collection hung in the Louvre’s Salon Carré, the same room featured in the painting; and the Lafayette Database, created with the Henry Luce Foundation, which is a comprehensive inventory of works of American art in French collections.

From 2006–2009, the Louvre and the High participated in a collection-sharing initiative called “Louvre Atlanta” that included a series of thematic exhibitions and the development of joint publications and other collaborative scholarship. The Terra Foundation also lent its Gallery of the Louvre as part of the Louvre-High collaboration; the painting was on view at the High as part of the Kings as Collectors exhibition in 2006.