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George Washington, Commandant en Chef des Armees Americines, Ne en Virginie en 1733.

  • ARTIST: Charles Willson Peale

  • PUBLISHER: Se trouve a Paris, chez Aug. De St. Aubin, Graveur du Roi et de sa Bibliotheque, actuellement rue Therese Bute St Roch et a la Bibliotheque et chez Mr Cochin, Aux Galleries du Louvre A. P. D. R.

  • MEDIUM: Copper plate engraving,

    DATE: c.1780.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7 3/4 x 5 5/8". (19.5 x 14.3 cm) plus margins

  • DESCRIPTION: After Charles Willson Peale. Engraved by in 1732, Augustin de Saint-Aubin published by Nicolas Cochin. George Washington served as the first President of the United States. He was a Virginia gentleman, brought up with strong morals and a passion for both the military and for western expansion. At the young age of sixteen, Washington fought in the French and Indian War and served as an aide to Gen. Braddock. Upon the start of the American Revolution, Washington fought to keep his plantation safe, and he was vehemently opposed to the restrictions placed on the colonies by the British government. Washington was elected a delegate from Virginia and became the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. A shrewd and thoughtful leader, Washington employed a tactic of falling back suddenly then striking quickly to surprise his enemies; with the aid of French allies, this method of fighting helped Washington force Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown. Washington worked to create the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (1787) so as to remedy the nation which seemed to struggle under the existing Articles of Confederation. Washington was elected President when the Constitution was ratified. Under the new Constitution, Washington sought to operate within the new boundaries set for a national leader and was left to determine the foreign affairs of the country. He decided upon a neutral course while the United States developed into a strong entity. At the end of his second term, Washington retired from politics, returning to his home in Mount Vernon. He died three years later, in the winter of 1799.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: A very fine impression. 1' margins around plate mark.

  • CONDITION: Very good condition. B/W

  • REFERENCE: Baker No. 31 "rare"; Hart No. 48.