As his presidency neared its end, George Washington took advantage of being in Philadelphia, the nation's commercial capital, to buy a large group of prints and frames for Mount Vernon. Many of these impressions, including Dancing Shepherds, were classical landscapes published in England in the tradition of the seventeenth-century artist, Claude Lorrain. Most hung in Mount Vernon's Central Passage, a broad through hall whose walls were conducive for the display of such large, fine art prints.






Ink, laid paper


Overall: 19 1/2 in. x 23 3/4 in. (49.53 cm x 60.33 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1939

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Colors (Beta)

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