Historical scene depicting a meeting between George Washington and Martha Custis. The scene is set in a well-appointed room with a leaded window on the left and a door open on the right, through which can be seen two horses with a groom. George and Martha are sitting in the center of the room with a small table between them. Two small children are seated with Martha: Martha Parke Custis is on her lap, and a boy, John Parke Custis, plays at her feet.






Ink on paper, stippled engraving, etching


Overall (H x W): 19 5/16 in. × 24 11/16 in. (49.05 cm × 62.71 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 15 1/8 in. × 21 9/16 in. (38.42 cm × 54.77 cm)

Credit Line

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


Printed below image centered in block script: "Engraved by John C. McRae, N. Y."
Printed below image centered in block script: "The Courtship of Washington."
Printed below image on right in block script: "Printed by H. Peters".
Printed below image centered in italic script: "Entered according to act of Congress, AD. 1860. by John C. McRae, in the clerks office of the district court of the southern district of New York."

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