The Fayette County Courthouse commissioned Penn State Fayette art instructor and area artist Patrick Daugherty [MFA ’79] for a recreation of Charles Willson Peale’s 1772 portrait of George Washington in uniform as colonel of the First Virginia Regiment. The original, on display at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, is the earliest authenticated portrait of Washington.
Daugherty’s oil-on-canvas recreation took approximately 233 hours of painting time to complete. The portrait is permanently on display in Courtroom 1 at the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Daugherty uses only “time-proven, permanent techniques and materials” for preservation. He has completed portraits of two retired president judges, along with restoration projects, for the county courthouse.