To celebrate George Washington's retirement from the presidency in March 1797, Philadelphia displayed a life-size painting showing Washington leaving a sword and helmet - symbols of power - at America's feet as he gestured towards Mount Vernon. Printed in a popular periodical, this engraving of that painting brought the image to a wider audience.


Full length portrait of George Washington below an allegorical representation of Peace. Washington is standing on the steps in front of a temple before the seated goddess and a pedestal with burning coals. A helmet, staff, and sword lay at his feet, and with his left hand he gestures toward Mount Vernon in the background. A team of oxen and a plow are visible in front of the house. In the foreground is an eagle clutching a shield and arrows, next to a cornucopia with fruits and vegetables spilling from it. Behind the goddess is a domed temple with a winged figure on its dome and rays from the sun extending behind it.

Hart 776a


January, 1799




Ink on paper, engraving


Overall (H x W): 10 in. x 7 3/8 in. (25.4 cm x 18.73 cm)
Other (Sheet H x W): 7 1/2 in. x 4 3/8 in. (19.05 cm x 11.11 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 6 in. x 3 11/16 in. (15.24 cm x 9.37 cm)

Credit Line

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


Printed below image on left in cursive script: "Barrelet Invt & Direxit".
Printed below image on right in cursive script: "Lawson Sculp".
Printed below image centered in block script: "General Washington's/Resignation."

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