The Battle of Dorchester Heights resulted in two significant "firsts" for George Washington: his first campaign against British forces and his first victory in the American Revolutionary War. Seeking to relieve Boston from an eleven-month British blockade, Washington marched his men and 59 cannons to the top of Dorchester Heights on the night of March 4, 1776. In so doing, he literally took the high ground and outmaneuvered the British. This print, based on an 1806 painting by Gilbert Stuart, captures the moment of Washington's success.
Vertically-oriented image of George Washington, in full military uniform, in the middle of the American position atop Dorchester Heights, a summit situated above Boston and its harbor. Washington stands alone, and looks to his right, where, in the lower left of the print, the British navy is fleeing. His horse, on the far right of the image, turns his head towards Washington. Washington calmly takes in the scene before him, holding his hat in his right hand while resting his left on the saddle of his horse. The dramatic scene is set with a backdrop of a cloudy sky that mixes with the artillery smoke belying the action taking place nearby. A plate impression surrounds the image.
Ink on paper
Overall (sheet): 29 1/2 in. x 21 1/2 in. (74.93 cm x 54.61 cm)
Other (plate): 27 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (70.49 cm x 50.17 cm)
Gift of Mrs. C. W. Muckle, 1946
Printed under image at center: "Entered According to the Act of Congress in the year 1836 by L.P. Clover in the Clerks Office of the District of New York./ Dorchester Heights, March 17th 1776./ WASHINGTON./ From a Copy by M.A. Swett taken from the Original Picture by Stuart in Faneull Hall Boston./ Published by the Franklin Print Company./ D.H. Craig. Agent. Boston."
Printed under image at lower right: "Engraved by T. Kelly."
Printed under image at lower left: "Painted by Gilbert Stuart."
Mount Vernon's object research is ongoing and information about this object is subject to change. For information on image use and reproductions, click here