Mayor Dever's Committee of 75 to Purchase Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of George Washington records

Inclusive Dates: 
1924
This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 4 linear inches of material documenting the fund-raising activities of a committee appointed by Chicago mayor William E. Dever to raise funds to purchase a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington for the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, in 1924.

Biographical Historical Note

In 1924, a Chicago city-wide campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington for the Art Institute of Chicago was spearheaded by a committee appointed by mayor William E. Dever. The painting was later found to be a copy of Stuart’s original and has been deaccessioned from the museum’s collection.