This is a hand-colored engraving entitled "Washington's Adieu to his Generals" after the original painting by renowned artist Felix O.C. Darley. This impression was beautifully engraved by George R. Hall, and published by G.P. Putnam, in New York in 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 Revolutionary War 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."
Hand colored engraving. Color is still intact and attractive. Mounted on board, with mat line and light surface soiling in margins. Printed in the bottom left margin: "F.O.C. Darley, Fecit." Printed in the bottom right margin: "Geo. R. Hall. Sculp. Printed by W. Pate". Printed in the bottom center margin: "Washington's Adieu to His Generals. Engraved by permission from the original Drawing In the Collection of the late Washington Irving Esqr." An eagle with a shield and the motto "E Pluribus Unum" is printed in the bottom margin, center.
Framed to archival standards in a custom-built frame with UV Conservation clear glass.
Framed Dimensions: 29 H x 34 W x 1 3/8 D