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George Washington and his generals at Yorktown


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.


circa 1784


Oil on canvas


54.3 x 75 cm

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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

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Gift of Robert Gilmor, Jr

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