Washington's Adieu to His Generals Published G.P. Putnam, Circa 1860

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This is the first edition, hand-colored engraving entitled "Washington's Adieu to his Generals" after the original painting by renowned artist F.O.C. Darley. This impression was beautifully engraved by George R. Hall, and published by G.P. Putnam, circa 1860.

This is a spirited depiction of General George Washington leaving Whitehall Ferry on December 4, 1783, to the cheers and waves of his officers and men. Earlier that day, Washington left his fellow generals, Knox, Steuben, Greene, and Hamilton, among countless others, at New York's famed Fraunces Tavern, to the tune of “Roslin Castle.”

After a mournful and heavy goodbye with those who had sat on his council and shared in his toils for seven years, Washington arrived at the New York barge and departed for Annapolis. Darley's idealized depiction of the dock is filled with American sailors and enthusiastic officers; one officer even weeps. The print captures the sentiments expressed by a nation exhausted by the War but optimistic for the future of the country. 

In Annapolis, General Washington met with Congress to surrender his commission as Commander-in-Chief, with the following words: "Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theater of action, and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take leave of all the employments of life."

This print is tastefully framed to conservation standards. Framed dimensions: 25 7/8" H x 30 1/2" W x 1 3/4"D.

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