Washington portraits donated to Georgia museum

Rembrandt Peale's famous painting of George Washington

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- George and Martha Washington are coming to The Columbus Museum and will take their place as a star attraction among its 14,000 paintings and other artifacts.

Portraits of Washington -- an American Founding Father and the nation’s first president -- and the first lady have been donated to the Wynnton Road museum by Aflac Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Amos and his wife, Kathelen, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.

“My passion is history, and I do think in this case a picture is worth a thousand words,” Kathelen Amos, a former chairwoman of the museum’s board, said of the paintings, which are more than 160 years old and were done by renowned American artist Rembrandt Peale.

“These paintings, I think, can be used as a platform to educate and inform and maybe inspire kids or people of all ages,” she said. “From the standpoint of art, there are so few matched portraits of George and Martha Washington that I think it gives the Columbus Museum and the Columbus community something that’s pretty special.”

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