The Skater (Portrait of William Grant)

Artist: Gilbert Stuart
Style: Rococo
Genre: portrait
Date: 1782
Copyright: Public domain

In 1775, Gilbert Stuart set sail for London where Benjamin West welcomed the destitute young man into his home. The Skater marks the end of his five-year apprenticeship to West. Stuart's first effort at full-length portraiture, its originality brought the artist so much notice at the 1782 Royal Academy exhibition that he soon set up his own studio.