Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA

Recent Official Portraits

George Washington 

First President of the United States of America

New Portrait

NEW Portrait of George Washington -My Beloved Country!- , by master portrait painter Igor Babailov. It is based on the most accurate likeness of George Washington, depicted in his sculpture by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Collection: Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

"My Beloved Country!"  ~ George Washington

(28" x 22", Oil on Canvas)

Original Portrait Concept & Composition by Igor V. Babailov

This NEW Portrait of George Washington  was created by Igor Babailov, following his extensive historical research on the true likeness of George Washington. Consequently, this portrait painting was inspired by and based on Washington's likeness captured by the great French sculptor, Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) in George Washington's official statue, located at the State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia.  Babailov's research also included Houdon's preliminary sculpture studies, such as Washington's bust and life mask which the sculptor did from life at Mount Vernon in 1785.

When George Washington saw the sculpture, he said, "It is right that people in later generations could see my exact likeness," his friend Gen. Lafayette exclaimed, "That is the man himself!" and even Washington's portrait painter, Gilbert Stuart, agreed, "Houdon's bust comes first, and my head of him [Athenaeum portrait] next."  

 

Today, Houdon's sculpture is recognized by historians, as the most accurate likeness ever created of the First President.

George Washington - Houdon - Babailov. Creation of the Portrait of George Washington, by Igor Babailov. Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, VA.

Igor Babailov used his mastery and professional expertise to transform this sculpted and most accurate likeness of George Washington into a realistic portrait painting.

George Washington's Mount Vernon Museum

Portrait of George Washington by Igor Babailov at Mount Vernon Museum.
Official Unveiling of the NEW Portrait of George Washington, by master portrait painter Igor Babailov. It is based on the most accurate likeness of George Washington, depicted in his statue by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Collection: Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Official induction of the Portrait into George Washington's Mount Vernon Museum, July 4, 2009

"We will take great pride in displaying your work for generations to come!" 

~  James C. Rees

Executive Director, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Museum, Mount Vernon, Virginia  

Mount Vernon Lunch and Fellowship with Igor V. Babailov

George Washington's Mount Vernon - Fellowship with Igor Babailov, lecture on the likenesses of George Washington
George Washington's Mount Vernon - Fellowship with Igor Babailov, president Douglas Bradburn
George Washington's Mount Vernon - Fellowship with Igor Babailov, Portrait of Washington
George Washington's Mount Vernon - Fellowship with Igor Babailov, portrait demonstration from life

George Washington's Mount Vernon Presidential Award Coin

Igor Babailov - George Washington Award - back
Igor Babailov - George Washington Award - front
Washington Award - Douglas Bradburn, president of Mount Vernon and Igor Babailov
Igor Babailov's Washington Portrait at Mount Vernon

Portrait of George Washington

by Igor Babailov.  

Collection: Mount Vernon. 

Presented on behalf of George Washington by Douglas Bradburn, the President of Mount Vernon. 

The Sons of the American Revolution

Igor Babailov and the Sons of the American Revolution
George Washington presentation by Igor Babailov to the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Washington lecture by Igor Babailov at the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Igor Babailov's Portrait of George Washington at Mount Vernon Museum
Mount Vernon, home of George Washington

Official Collection:  George Washington's Mount Vernon Museum

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