The Battle of Dorchester Heights resulted in two significant "firsts" for George Washington: his first campaign against British forces and his first victory in the American Revolutionary War. Seeking to relieve Boston from an eleven-month British blockade, Washington marched his men and 59 cannons to the top of Dorchester Heights on the night of March 4, 1776. In so doing, he literally took the high ground and outmaneuvered the British. This print, based on an 1806 painting by Gilbert Stuart, captures the moment of Washington's success. More





  • Printed - United States


Ink on paper


Overall (sheet): 29 1/2 in. x 21 1/2 in. (74.93 cm x 54.61 cm)
Other (plate): 27 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (70.49 cm x 50.17 cm)


Gift of Mrs. C. W. Muckle, 1946


Printed under image at center: "Entered According to the Act of Congress in the year 1836 by L.P. Clover in the Clerks Office of the District of New York./ Dorchester Heights, March 17th 1776./ WASHINGTON./ From a Copy by M.A. Swett taken from the Original Picture by Stuart in Faneull Hall Boston./ Published by the Franklin Print Company./ D.H. Craig. Agent. Boston."


Printed under image at lower right: "Engraved by T. Kelly."
Printed under image at lower left: "Painted by Gilbert Stuart."

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