Gilbert Stuart’s father immigrated from Scotland and his mother came from Middletown, Rhode Island, United States.
Gilbert Stuart, born as Gilbert Charles Stewart, came to the world on December 3, 1755, in Saunderstown village (currently the part of North Kingston town), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (currently Rhode Island, United States). He was a third child of Gilbert Stewart, a worker in the snuff-making industry, and Elizabeth Anthony. The first snuff mill in America appertained to Stuart’s father.
When Gilbert was a six-year-old child, his family relocated to Newport city where the boy spent his childhood. He revealed his drawing abilities at an early age.