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February 12, 2002 - August 22, 2004
Museum: Portrait Gallery
For the first time in history, the museum is taking its most prized portrait on the road. The famous and iconic portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart was "saved" from auction by a generous gift in March 2001. In celebration of its acquisition by and for the American people, the portrait will leave the nation's capital for a cross-country tour.
Note: This exhibition was part of the "Portrait of a Nation" tour, designed by the museum to bring artworks from the collection to the public during the building's renovation (closed January 9, 2000-July 1, 2006). For a list of venues, contact the National Portrait Gallery.