Charles Willson Peale (American, Chester, Maryland 1741–1827 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
George Washington (American, 1732–1799)
plate: 13 13/16 x 9 7/8 in. (35.1 x 25.1 cm)
sheet: 14 1/2 x 10 9/16 in. (36.8 x 26.8 cm)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in plate lower left: "Cas Willson Peale pinxt et fecit 1780"; in plate below image: "His Excellency George Washington Esquire, Commander in / Chief of the Foederal Army/ This Plate is humbly Inscribed to the Honorable Congress of the United States of America,/ By their Obedient Servant, / Chas Willson Peale"
Frank T. Sabin (London); Charles Allen Munn (American, 1859-1924), purchased Feb. 1910, from Sabin; Donor: Charles Allen Munn
Hart 2a; Stauffer 2428 i/ii
William Spohn Baker "The History of a Rare Washington Print." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. vol. XIII, May 1889, pp. 257-64.
Charles Henry Hart Catalogue of the Engraved Portraits of Washington. The Grolier Club, 1904, cat. no. 2a, p. 4.
Charles Coleman Sellers Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale. 1952, cat. no. 916, p. 231.
J. William Middendorf II Notes on Collecting American Historical Prints. 1959, p. 17.
James Biddle American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods, from Private Collections. Ex. cat, Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 6 to April 28. 1963, Lent by J. William Middendorf II, cat. no. 218, p. 99.
American Paintings & Historical Prints from the Middendorf Collection. Ex. cat., The Baltimore Museum of Art, July 9-Sept. 24, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 4-Nov. 26. 1967, Version in the Middendorf collection., cat. no. 66, p. 100, ill.
Wendy C. Wick, Lillian B. Miller George Washington, An American Icon: The Eigtheenth-Century Graphic Portraits Ex. cat. Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Barra Foundation, 1982 [Hart 2, Stauffer 2428], cat. no. 11, p. 85.
David McNeeley Stauffer, Mantle Fielding, Thomas Hovey Gage American Engravers upon Copper and Steel. 1994, vol. II, p. 401, no. 2428 i/ii.