View Larger George Washington, Esqr.


Vertical, rectangular fictional portrait of General George Washington on the back of a rearing, dark horse. Washington wears a tri-cornered hat and a uniform with a coat, sashes across his chest and around his waist, and boots that come up past 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 towards 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 laying 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.






Ink on paper, mezzotint


Overall (H x W): 14 3/4 in. × 10 3/4 in. (37.47 cm × 27.31 cm)

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Mount Vernon Collection


Printed below image: “Done from an Original, Drawn from the life by Alex (r) Campbell of Williamsburgh in Virginia./GEORGE WASHINGTON. ESQR./GENERAL and COMMANDER in CHIEF of the CONTINENAL ARMY IN AMERICA./Published as the Act directs, 9 Sept (r). 1775 by C. Sheppard.”

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