That's some bad hat, Martha

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Now that George Washington has had his makeover, it's Martha's turn. Forensic anthropologists have done an age regression on Martha Washington based on a 1796 portrait, and the news media are all aflutter at the results.  (In fact they seem unable to report this story without using the words "hottie," "babe," or "fox."  How nice.) The unlovely implication that Martha is somehow more interesting now that we have a visual of her as an attractive young woman is unavoidable; on the other hand, if I were Martha I would be most pleased that people bothered to figure out what I looked like in my younger years instead of  thinking of me as perpetually 65 years old and wearing the most unflattering headgear known to man.  Besides, everybody loves a good age regression and I'm no exception.

But wait, maybe this isn't so hot off the press - I thought I saw this portrait on a book published 3 years ago!

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says

Thanks, a knight - Deas has a much larger version of the portrait on his website, so it's easier to appreciate all the fine details. He really did do a beautiful job.

says

The portrait of Martha Washington as a young woman was done by Michael J. Deas, a well known artist, who has done the artwork for several U.S. Postage Stamps. His website has a nice reproduction of the Martha Washington portrait.

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