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This impressive full-length portrait mezzotint is one several made after John Trumbull's fantastic painting of Washignton on the battlefield at Trenton.

Of note in this image, in addition to the fine image of Washington, is the appearance of the Betsy Ross flag on the battlefield.

This mezzotint, by Warner, is based on a painting by John Trumbull now at the Yale University Art Gallery. The original painting was commissioned by the city of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1792 and is currently in the Yale University collection. Choosing to depict Washington in a dramatic moment of decision the evening before the surprise attack, Trumbull wrote that he intended "to give his military character, in the most sublime moment of its exertion." It is one of the finest depictions of Washington in life. Trumbull referred to the map as the "best certainly of those which I painted, and the best, in my estimation, which exists, [of Washington] in his military character."

John Trumbull served as an aide to George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. He then traveled to London to study painting and made several paintings of George Washington from memory. In addition to his portrait paintings of George Washington, John Trumbull is famous for the large murals that he painted of the American Revolution, which hang in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

Condition Description
Mezzotint on 19th-century wove paper. Lined on verso with thin tissue to support central tear and fill at top right corner. Trimmed close to the platemark. Some toning.
Hart 107b (of four states, this the first non-proof-before-letters state).