Vertically oriented rectangular composition depicting George Washington overseeing the Continental Army crossing the Delaware River, on the night of December 25, 1776, moving from Pennsylvania (foreground) to New Jersey (background). George Washington, dressed in a blue and buff Continental Army uniform, sits astride a white horse, on high ground on the Pennsylvania side, just to the proper left of the center of the canvas. His torso faces forward while his head turns back over his right shoulder, toward troops who are moving away from him toward a river in the proper right midground and the New Jersey side in the distance. Just below Washington, on his right, a man in a billowing tan coat guides a cannon, backwards down the slope; to Washington’s left is a group four men, three of whom are mounted while the fourth preparing to mount his horse. These four men are identified (clockwise, from top) as General Henry Knox, with sword drawn, on the rearing chestnut horse; William Lee, Washington’s manservant; probably General Nathanael Greene; and an unknown soldier, possibly one of Washington’s aides-de-camp.

Painting is housed in a molded wood frame, painted a glossy black with brass colored circular metal bosses at each of the four corners; painting is held in frame by several modern nails. Although the frame likely dates to the 19th century, it is not original to painting.

Date

c. 1820-1825


People


Geography

  • Painted - United States

Material/Technique

Oil on iron alloy, likely steel


Dimensions

Overall (painted panel): 20 1/2 in. × 15 5/8 in. (52.07 cm × 39.69 cm)
Overall (frame): 24 in. × 19 in. × 1 1/4 in. (60.96 cm × 48.26 cm × 3.18 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the William and Lisa Moore Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2016


Object Number

M-5418


Colors


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