Based on the inscription, this watercolor sketch was made as a study for a painting. It is set at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, New York. Hasbrouck House, which served as the General’s headquarters during the final year of the American Revolution— from 1782 to 1783— still stands and is now a historic site. It was there, following his famous Newburgh Address of March 1783 that ended a mutiny, that Washington received news that the Continental Congress had officially ratified the preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain on April 15, 1783, and it is this scene which the artist portrays. Moran produced numerous works for illustration throughout his career, and the painting may have been intended for an art calendar. More

Date

c. 1915


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Material/Technique

Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper


Dimensions

Overall (H x W Including mat): 17 in. × 19 1/2 in. (43.18 cm × 49.53 cm)
Other (Sight): 12 in. × 14 1/2 in. (30.48 cm × 36.83 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 1997


Marks

1.) At upper edge, in graphite: “BY PERCY MORAN ORIGINAL SKETCH FOR A PAINTING” ; in cursive script (“twelve fifty ten”)

2.) At lower left corner in graphite: “WASHINGTON AND HIS OFFICERS AT NEWBURGH RECEIVING NEWS OF PEACE. APRIL 1[9 1783] / ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON.”


Signed

At lower proper right corner, within the graphite border, in light graphite: “PERCY MORAN,” with a swastika/whirling log symbol.


Object Number

M-3942/A-B


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