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.


Horizontal, rectangular landscape painting depicting a view of the North or Hudson River. Five men fish with rods and nets along the bank at center and left foreground. A rectangular building with an arched doorway but lacking a roof appears in the middle distance on the far shore, just to the left of center. Bushes and a large tree frame scene at left and right. Calm river with cleared land and building in right distance. Sun shines from left. Cloudy sky.

Gilded, rectangular wooden frame with mitered corners and molded faces embellished with composition material, including scallops along the outside edge, curled leaves at the corners, rosettes across the faces, and reeding and a string of pearls or beads along the inside edge.


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)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1940


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

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