This early twentieth-century Colonial Revival painting by Percy Moran, which was likely produced for the art calendar company Gerlach-Barklow, features the prelude to the Battle of Trenton, a key victory for the Continental Army on December 26, 1776.The artist intentionally illustrates the human side of the battle by showing Washington as stoic and contemplative, while the drummer boy who makes eye contact with the viewer illustrates the dread most likely felt by the troops. More


c. 1914




Oil on canvas, gilt wood


Overall: 39 1/4 in. × 49 3/8 in. × 2 7/8 in. (99.7 cm × 125.41 cm × 7.3 cm)
Other: 29 1/2 in. × 39 1/4 in. (74.93 cm × 99.7 cm)


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Sheppard, 2006


1.) On reverse, in ink, visible through a window in the Foamcore backing: “The Hour of Victory” / Washington and his army on the march to Trenton./Dec. 26, 1776./Percy Moran. (swastika)/105 East 78th St. New York.”

2.) At upper center of the reverse of the frame, visible through a window in the Foamcore backing, a fragment of printed paper reads: “PICTURE FOR REPRODUCTION/ [G]ERLACH-BARKLOW CO.”


At lower proper right, in black paint: “-Percy Moran-,” with a swastika/whirling log symbol, and at the verso as noted below.

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