Betty Washington Lewis
Credit: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Original Author: John Wollaston
Created: ca. 1750
Medium: Oil on canvas

Betty Washington Lewis

Elizabeth "Betty" Washington Lewis, the sister of George Washington, is the subject of this portrait attributed to artist John Wollaston. Betty Washington married Fielding Lewis, a wealthy businessman and politician from Fredericksburg, when she was sixteen. Wollaston, an English artist, painted both Betty and Fielding Lewis in the mid-eighteenth century, while he was traveling throughout the American colonies executing formal portraits.