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General Washington at Princeton Painting
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

General Washington at Princeton Painting

Date: 1790
Catalog #: 1994.6022    Accession #: 1994.6022
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Maker

Charles Peale Polk (Artist)

Charles Peale Polk was born in Annapolis, Maryland, on 17 March 1767. Polk was the son of Elizabeth Digby Peale, the younger sister of the celebrated artist and naturalist Charles Willson Peale and Robert Polk. When he was orphaned at the age of ten, Polk went to live in Philadelphia with his uncle’s family. He received the same benefits of education and artistic training as his cousins and grew to rely heavily on the style of Charles Willson Peale.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 49" H x 41" W x 7" D

Physical Description

Oil on canvas with gold leafed wooden frame.

General History

George Washington made two memorable visits to Princeton. In 1777, only ten days after crossing the Delaware on Christmas night and defeating the British at Trenton, he drove the British from Nassau Hall and sent them retreating from Princeton. The second visit was in 1783 during the closing days of the war when he appeared at the Continental Congress which was meeting in Nassau Hall.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: New Jersey
War: War of American Independence
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