We are back again for another edition of the Preservation Society Portrait Challenge! Today we are featuring the Portrait of Dr. William Hunter’s Spaniels by Gilbert Stuart, 1770.
To play, here are the rules:
1. Find three things/props in your house at this very moment
2. Recreate the portrait with those objects
3. Take a photo and post it to your social media
4. Tag @newport_mansions
Want to learn more about this painting and painter? This portrait hangs in the Hunter House. Gilbert Stuart was a patient of Dr. Hunter, who commissioned this from the young painter, who was just 14 years old! He painted more than 1,000 portraits of the new country’s leaders, including 5 presidents.
What is going on in this picture?
What words would you use to describe the painting?
What do you think the purpose of this painting was?