Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Portrait sent to Washington

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Wednesday, February 1, 1922.

The painting of George Washington which hung in the office of President Charles McKenny at the Normal College for more than a year, has been packed and sent to Washington D. C., to be part of an exhibit shown there during the bi-centennial celebrations for observance of the birt of the first President, the “Father of his Country.”

Miss Grace Fuller, resident of Ypsilanti during the years she was head of the domestic science department of the Normal, and later, its first dean of women, is the owner of the picture which has been identified as the work of Thomas Sully, 1783-1872, portrait painter of the early American school. It is believed to be a copy of one of the portraits by Gilbert Stuart, 1755-1828, who had seen and known Washington, and whose paintings of him are the most famous of both artist and sitter.

The picture was given to Miss Fuller by the Allens of Chicago in whose family it had been a heritage from an old and prominent Southern family. Miss Fuller is now with relatives of the Allen family, living in a suburb of Chicago.

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