PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Art experts are saying a portrait long thought to be of George Washington's enslaved chef was misidentified, a discovery that may have led to the real chef's final resting place.
Philly.com reports Friday that art experts who gathered two years ago at Mount Vernon, Washington's Virginia plantation, are now making their findings public.
The 18th-century portrait was long thought to be of Hercules and painted by Gilbert Stuart, best known for his unfinished Washington portrait.
The experts were unanimous that the portrait was not of Hercules, nor even of a chef.
The discovery may have led to finding Hercules' whereabouts. Members of a historical society last month looked into an old New York City death notice that may have been for Hercules. They and other historians now believe he's buried in a Manhattan cemetery.