History painting of George Washington and his army on the early dawn march to Trenton, December 26, 1776. Washington is shown astride a dappled gray horse (Blueskin) in the center of a large group of figures, both mounted and on foot, that extend diagonally from the proper left corner to the proper right. He is clothed in a navy and buff continental army uniform, with buff gloves and black tricorn hat and boots, a red and black cape, and sword. Washington appears contemplative, while other figures make dynamic gestures. Another mounted figure, likely an aide-de-camp, is on a chestnut horse just to Washington’s proper right, and gesturing to proper right. At proper left, a young drummer, in a red coat, makes eye contact with the viewer. Just behind him is another drummer, with infantry, a flag bearer, and cavalry behind them. The background is a sunrise-pinkened blue sky with four birds; the pink of the sky reflects on the snow-covered brown and green earth of the foreground.

Date

c. 1914


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Oil on canvas, gilt wood


Dimensions

Overall: 39 1/4 in. × 49 3/8 in. × 2 7/8 in. (99.7 cm × 125.41 cm × 7.3 cm)
Other: 29 1/2 in. × 39 1/4 in. (74.93 cm × 99.7 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Sheppard, 2006


Marks

1.) On reverse, in ink, visible through a window in the Foamcore backing: “The Hour of Victory” / Washington and his army on the march to Trenton./Dec. 26, 1776./Percy Moran. (swastika)/105 East 78th St. New York.”

2.) At upper center of the reverse of the frame, visible through a window in the Foamcore backing, a fragment of printed paper reads: “PICTURE FOR REPRODUCTION/ [G]ERLACH-BARKLOW CO.”


Signed

At lower proper right, in black paint: “-Percy Moran-,” with a swastika/whirling log symbol, and at the verso as noted below.


Object Number

M-4535


Colors


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