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Washington, At Trenton, N. Jersey, January 2d. 1777.

  • ARTIST: John Trumbull

  • MEDIUM: Engraving,

    DATE: Undated, c. 1850

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 5 3/8 x 3 5/8" (13.7 x 9.1 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Painted by John Trumbull, Esqr. Engraved by A. Daggett.<br><br> This dramatic image started off as a commission from the city of Charleston, South Carolina. In 1792 the city commissioned John Trumbull to paint a portrait of Washington for its city hall to commemorate the president’s visit in May 1791. The commission had personal significance for Trumbull, for he had served as Washington’s second aide-de-camp during the Revolution. Trumbull chose to convey the critical moment of Washington’s leadership during the Revolutionary War when his night maneuvers at Trenton, New Jersey, led to a decisive victory at Princeton the following day. Trumbull considered this portrait the "best of those which I painted." Charleston refused to accept it on the grounds that they preferred a more amiable and peaceful image. Trumbull produced another likeness of Washington, this time with the city in the background, which the city accepted.<br><br> John Trumbull (1756 –1843) was an American painter and military officer best known for his historical paintings of the American Revolutionary War, of which he was a veteran. He has been called the "Painter of the Revolution". Four of his historical paintings that hang in the United States Capitol rotunda.


  • CONDITION: Very good condition. B/W