George Washington purchased several large-scale landscapes during his lifetime, including a pair by English-born artist, William Winstanley. Washington paid Winstanley 30 guineas or $140 for the two paintings on April 6, 1793. In a letter written at Philadelphia three days later, Alexander Hamilton commented on seeing the canvases in an upstairs room of the president's house, "There are two views of situations on Hudson's River painted by Mr Winstanly (sic), in the drawing Room of Mrs. Washington, which have great intrinsic merit…" In both images, the idyllic subject matter and picturesque composition take precedence over capturing precise location details.



c. 1793




Oil on canvas


Overall (H x W x D, framed): 46 1/4 in. x 59 1/2 in. x 4 in. (117.48 cm x 151.13 cm x 10.16 cm)
Other (H x W, canvas): 36 3/16 in. x 49 3/8 in. (91.92 cm x 125.41 cm)


Purchase, 1940


On rock in lower left corner: "Win Winstanly/ 1793/ New York"

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