Colonial American art was a vibrant concern, despite the small number of patrons who could afford to commission artwork. Portraiture was always much in demand. Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart were all leading lights in the Colonial and Federal periods. Also, there were many other artists just coming into their own by 1799 (when George Washington died), including the sons of Charles Willson Peale. Using the lifespan of George Washington (1732-1799) as our bookends, this lecture looks at the young arts of the American colonies, chiefly painting but other arts as well.