George Washington

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828); borders, William Momberger (1829-1888)
Date: 1866
Engraver: John C. Buttre
Medium: Engraving on wove paper
Dimensions: 20 1/4 H x 15 7/8 W

Printed under image, lower left: BORDER DESIGNED BY W. MOMBERGER.; center: Entered according to act of Congress AD 1866 by J.C. Buttre in the Clerk's Office on the District of New York; lower right: PAINTED BY G. STUART; in margin below image, center: G. Washington / [print] GEORGE WASHINGTON. / PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL CHROMO CO. PHILADELPHIA, PA.

Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art
Accession Number: u1989.8
The four corner vignettes of this print depict Washington’s most significant military battles and victories of the American Revolution: Trenton, Princeton, Valley Forge, and the Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. The upper center figure shows Washington as President, while the bottom center figure represents him as plantation owner. Although Washington accomplished many other important deeds throughout his life, images like those on this print reinforced popular perceptions of the man as great military leader, selfless public official, and humble private citizen.