Art September, 28 2009

Faces of a New Nation: American Portraits of the 18th and Early 19th Centuries

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Written by Carrie Rebora Barratt, Faces of a New Nation explores outstanding examples of portraiture from the Metropolitan Museum collection indicative of the early stages of American history. Work by Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, and Charles Wilson Peale is presented, and the stories behind the portraits fleshed out by Barratt.

The book complements an traveling exhibition of the same name is currently on view at Winterthur and will remain up until January, 2010.

Select examples of early American portraiture after the jump.