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Description

Fictional equestrian portrait of General George Washington on the back of a rearing, dark horse. Washington wears a tri-cornered hat and a military uniform with a coat, sashes across his chest and around his waist, a gorget, and boots that come up above his knees. He holds a sword in his right hand, and the reins of the horse in his left An unknown pair of objects hangs from Washington’s waist The horse casts a wide-eyed glance toward the viewer as it spews saliva from its mouth. A battle unfolds to the viewer’s right. The troops to the left carry a flag with horizontal stripes, presumed to be the United States flag, and engage an unidentified enemy to the right. The enemy casualties are visible as corpses lying on the ground and include a figure that looks like a large plucked and cleaned fowl. A river or stream is visible just under and behind the horse at a near distance. A small cluster of trees frames the left of the image.

Hart 31; Baker 46.

Print has been trimmed to image at top and sides.

Date

1775


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Ink on paper, mezzotint


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 13 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (33.66 cm x 24.77 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, 1985


Marks

Printed below image: "Done from an Original, Drawn from the life by Alexr Campbell of Williamsburgh in Virginia / GEORGE WASHINGTON. Esqr. / GENERAL and COMMANDER in CHIEF of the CONTINENTAL ARMY IN AMERICA. / published as the Act directs, 9 Spetr. 1775 by C. Sheppard."


Object Number

SC-3


Colors (Beta)


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