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George Washington and his generals at Yorktown

Description

A painting of George Washington alongside his generals at Yorktown, Virginia. Peale's imagined gathering includes the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) on Washington's left, Comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), commander of the allied French troops, third from the right, and Colonel Tench Tilghman (1744-1786) who is seen in profile, holding the articles of capitulation that he later delivered to Congress. This quiet, post-battle landscape celebrates the allied victory over the British forces that culminated in a surrender ceremony on October 19, 1781.

Date

circa 1784

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

54.3 x 75 cm

Resource ID

2351

Notes

Peale scholars continue to debate whether or not this is Charles Willson Peale or James Peale's (1749-1831) copy of his brother's work

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Gilmor, Jr

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.