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Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead


Three-quarter length portrait of Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead (1780-1818), who was the Commander of Fort McHenry in 1814. He leans against a cannon with his left elbow propping him up. He has gray curly hair and looks off to the side. He wears a War of 1812 military uniform consisting of dark blue coat with gold buttons and epaulettes and a red sash tied around waist over white shirt and black stock. A cloudy sky is seen in the background.




Oil on canvas


42 H x 36 W inches

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This portrait is part of a series entitled "The Defenders" that was commissioned from Rembrandt Peale by the City Council of Baltimore following the War of 1812.

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Baltimore City Life Collection

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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