Historical scene depicting members of the Mount Vernon household with George Washington having just returned from hunting. On the left sits a young George Washington dressed in a hunting outfit, while behind him stands a man holding a musket and in front of him sit two wolfhouds. In the center of the room a deer lays on a platform hung from the ceiling that appears to be ready for butchering, and in front of the deer is a pile of other assorted game. On the right Martha Washington enters behind the deer, dressed in a gown and holding a tray with glasses and a pitcher on it. Standing directly behind the deer is an African-American enslaved man holding a bottle. Leaning against the chest of drawers next to Martha are a young boy and girl. In the bottom corner of the image sits an African-American enslaved boy with a wicker basket. The room is simply appointed with a single window and door visable, a chest of drawers on the right, and a barrel with a saddle on it on the left. On the left wall hangs a pair of boots, a bottle and a knife near the window.






Ink on paper, engraving, stippled engraving


Overall (H x W): 23 3/4 in. × 29 3/4 in. (60.33 cm × 75.57 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 18 7/8 in. × 24 3/8 in. (47.94 cm × 61.91 cm)

Credit Line

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


Printed below image on left in block script: "Drawn by A. Henning."
Printed below image on right in block script: "Engraved by H. S. Hall."
Printed below image centered in block script: "Mount Vernon in the Olden Time".
Printed below image centered in block script: "Washington at 30 years of age".
Printed below image centered in block script: "New York. Published and Engraved under the superintendence af W. H. Holbrooke. Broadway and Pall Mall London".
Printed below image centered in italic script: "Entd. according to Act of Congress. AD. 1855. by S. A. Hollbrooke in the Cks. office of the Di. Co. of the St. Ds. of N. Yk."

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Colors (Beta)

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