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Early American Faces

On view in the Ronald L. and Mary J. Hurst Gallery


From the very beginning, American society was composed of people from many different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Some were born here, some immigrated of their own accord, and some were forced here in the bonds of slavery. In this compact exhibition guests will encounter faces that represent some of the cultures and populations whose works are on view throughout the facility. Portraits include an American Indian man, an enslaved child, a wife and mother of six, and George Washington, among others.

American Indian Man, London, England, ca. 1790
Enslaved Girl by Mary Anna Randolph Custis, Arlington County, Virginia, 1830
Jerusha Bradford Weston attributed to Rufus Hathaway, Duxbury, Massachusetts, probably 1793.
George Washington by Charles Willson Peale, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1780