Landscape composition depicting the Mount Vernon mansion from the northeast, showing the piazza front, with a group of people gathered on the piazza taking refreshments, three large overhanging trees in the right foreground, two trees and shrubbery in the left middle ground, and the Potomac River with sailing vessels in the distance. The figural group includes (from left to right): a standing male figure looking through a spyglass toward the Potomac River (possibly the artist, Benjamin Henry Latrobe or Washington’s secretary, Tobias Lear); Eleanor (Nelly) Parke Custis Lewis, in a Grecian gown, standing next to the easternmost pillar of the piazza; a young boy, seated on the piazza floor, probably one of Tobias Lear’s sons; Martha Washington, seated behind a breakfast table; and George Washington, seated to the right of the breakfast table, dressed in buff breeches and “plain blue coat,” as described in Latrobe’s journal account. The breakfast table is set with a silver hot water urn and china serving wares. Inscribed below the image, at the lower left of the sheet: “Benjamin Henry Latrobe nat del July 16, 1796”.






Watercolor, ink, graphite, paper


Overall (unframed): 16 3/8 in. x 24 in. (41.59 cm x 60.96 cm)
Overall (framed): 25 3/4 in. x 33 3/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (65.41 cm x 84.77 cm x 6.35 cm)

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Purchased with funds provided in part by an anonymous donor, 2013

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