N.A. The painting represents a reception given by Mrs. Washington during the Presidency of our peerless chief. No specific date is chosen and some liberties are taken with chronological facts, . . . "Sixty fair women and brave men" occupy the eight feet of canvas. Not one is a lifeless figure; all are disposed easily, all are naturally occupied. . . . As a composition the painting is, therefore, a genuine success. Mrs. Washington stands dignified, but not constrained, upon a raised platform; behind her is Alexander Hamilton, . . . [and] John Jay; Washington is approaching the ladies with a foreign guest. We recognize forms and faces at a glance--Mrs. Jay, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Rufus King, Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick, Nelly Custis, Mrs. Robert Morris, Gen. Greene, Jonathan Trumbull, Oliver Ellsworth, Mrs. Duer, Clinton's venerable mother; Jefferson, the Duke of Cambridge (on a visit to America); Mrs. Bingham, pretty Nelly Custis, naively standing beside her mother; Mrs. Knox, Mrs. Rutledge, Mrs. Philips, Mrs. Schuyler, . . . Huntington has painted the costumes with rare skill; they are elegant, and as authentic as they are picturesque. The drawing is, for the most part, masterly; the color full of the richest contrast, yet harmoniously toned. It is an elaborate work, including sixty-four figures, all of them portraits copied from Copley, Stuart and Malbone. . . . [P. 3.]
Industrial Exposition. 1874. Art Catalogue. Chicago.
Artist address: New York.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician.