"Washington et Rochambeau Donnant les Derniers Ordres pour l'Attaque d'Yorck-Town." by E. Massard, after Auguste Coudert, early 20th Century

Presented is a color photogravure, titled “Washington et Rochambeau Donnant les Derniers Ordres pour l'Attaque d'Yorck-Town” by E. Massard, after the painter Auguste Coudert. The print depicts General George Washington, Rochambeau, and other French and Continental officers conferring outside a field tent in Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The American flag waves in the background. 

After Louis XVI declared war on Great Britain in support of the rebelling North American colonists, he and his ministers sent General Rochambeau and roughly 4,000 French soldiers to North America to aid directly the portions of the American Continental Army. Rochambeau’s expeditionary force arrived at Newport, Rhode Island in July of 1780. Rochambeau and Continental Army commander George Washington held a series of meetings throughout that winter discussing their plans for a major operation in 1781.

By August, their soldiers were marching south to attempt the capture of a British force under the command of Charles Cornwallis, near Yorktown, Virginia. Washington hosted Rochambeau at Mount Vernon on their way south, and the two armies assembled in Virginia by late September. The siege of Yorktown began on September 29 and ended on October 19.

General George Washington established his headquarters in Yorktown at the junction of the American encampments to the east and French encampments to the north. He set up two tents: a large one for meeting with his staff and for dining, and a smaller one for his private office and sleeping quarters. 

Several weeks into the encampment, General Washington deployed a large army to Yorktown, and with heavy artillery fire, bombarded the British positions. American and French forces were able to overrun two of the British strongholds, forcing Cornwallis to fold and surrender. The surrender took place on October 19, 1781. It ended the month-long Siege of Yorktown and virtually guaranteed American independence.


Hand-colored photogravure. heavy wove paper with deckle edges; marginal soiling, image fine. Dimensions: 20 ½”x 27 ½” sheet size. Framed to archival standards in a custom-built frame with UV Conservation clear glass. 

Framed Dimensions: 26 1/2 H x 30 1/2 W x 1 1/2 D

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