Replica of famous portrait at Carnegie Public Library

Copy on loan to facility in time for Presidents Day

Ishpeming artist Paul Olson poses with his copy of the Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington. Olson's work will be on display with presidential biographies from the Carnegie's biography collection at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library in honor of Presidents Day throughout the month of February. (Submitted photo)

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming artist Paul Olson has loaned his copy of the famous Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington to the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library for George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22.

This copy was painted by Olson beginning in the spring of 2016 and was completed in January.

The Lansdowne Portrait is an iconic portrait of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796, five years before George Washington died. It depicts him refusing the offer of a third term of office.

Stuart made multiple copies of the portrait and gave other artists permission to do the same. Copies of the Lansdowne Portrait are displayed at many sites in the nation’s capital and in museums, courthouses and government buildings across the United States and in Europe.

“This painting attracted me because I am fascinated by the idea of what paintings meant to people before the invention of photography,” Olson said in a news release. “During the early days of the United States, George Washington captivated the world and everyone wanted to have or at least see his portrait. You’ve seen Stuart’s other great portrait of George Washington — it’s reproduced on the one dollar bill.”

Olson’s copy of the Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington will be on display with presidential biographies from the Carnegie’s biography collection at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library in honor of Presidents Day throughout February.