Group portrait of the Washington family, set indoors with a view of a river in the background. George and Martha Washington sit at a table, with a plan of Washington D. C. laid out before them. Washington holds a sword and Martha a fan, both resting on the table. Standing next to Washington is George Washington Parke Custis, who is resting his hand on a globe, and Washington is resting his arm on the boy. Nelly Custis is standing behind Martha to her right, and an African-American enslaved man is standing behind Martha at her left. The backgorund is framed with columns and a curtain drawn back to reveal a view of the Potomac River, with a ship visible on it.

Hart 236b






Ink on paper, mezzotint


Overall (H x W): 21 1/16 in. × 28 in. (53.5 cm × 71.12 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 16 3/8 in. × 23 7/8 in. (41.59 cm × 60.64 cm)

Credit Line

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


Printed below image on left in italic script: "Painted by Edward Savage."
Printed below image placed under each figure in block script: "Geo.Washn. Parke Custis. Genl. Geo. Washington. Elenor Park Custis. Martha Washington. William Lee."
Printed below image centered in italic script: "Published by Wm. Smith, 106 South 3d. St. Philada."
Printed below image on right in italic script: "Engraved by J. Sartain."

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Colors (Beta)

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