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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Martha Washington
Martha Washington
Rembrandt was the third child of the famed American artist and museum founder Charles Willson Peale. Peale trained all of his children to be artists: Rembrandt completed his first self-portrait at the age of 13. His first big opportunity came at age 17 in 1795; his father introduced him to George Washington. He painted Washington throughout his early career, producing nearly 70 portraits. He also painted this charming portrait of the first First Lady, Martha Washington. The eldest daughter of Virginia planter John Dandridge, Martha was born in 1731. At 18, she married Daniel Parke Custis, an older, wealthy planter, living at White House Plantation and raising their 2 surviving children. Custis died in 1757, leaving her a rich and independent widow. She married George Washington on January 6, 1759. Though she supported him throughout the war, even staying at Valley Forge, she opposed his election as president and refused to attend his inauguration, though she later acted as his hostess for political occasions. She died 2 years after him, in 1802.