In an effort to remind voters of civic duty and patriotic sacrifice on the occasion of a presidential election, the firm Illman & Sons engraved this image, based on John Trumbull's 1792 portrait of George Washington Before The Battle of Trenton. The encounter marked a turning point in the American fight for independence. In his autobiography, Trumbull wrote that he aimed to capture "the scene, its dangers, its almost desperation" in addition to Washington's "lofty expression of his animated countenance, the high resolve to conquer or perish" in the face of adversity.
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Date

c. 1841-1859


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Material/Technique

Ink, watercolor, wove paper


Dimensions

Overall (sheet): 16 5/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (42.24 cm x 32.46 cm)
Other (plate): 15 in. x 11 in. (38.1 cm x 27.94 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Richard Austin Smith Sr. in memory of her mother, Katharine McCook Knox, 1984


Marks

Engraving above image: "George Washington". Engraving below image: "G. Washington. ON THE GREAT OCCASION OF OUR PRESIDENTAL ELECTION./ TO ALL LOVERS OF FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE,/ IS PRESENTED THIS PORTRAIT./ "THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY"/ FROM AN ACKNOWLEDGED AND MUCH ADMIRED PAINTING BY COL. J. TRUMBULL/. ENGRAVED & PRINTED BY ILLMAN & SONS."


Object Number

Print-4165/RP-568


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