His Excellency General George Washington, Esq., (painting)
Peale, Charles W.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. XVIII
The father of his country, and friend of mankind; was born in Virginia, February 22d, 1732. Commanded a party of about 400 Americans, and defeated the French at Fort du Quesne, 1754; after Braddock's defeat and death, 1755, covered the retreat and saved the wreck of the American army, with great abilities and prudence: unanimously chosen commander in chief of the American forces, by Congress, 1775, and took the command of his army at Cambridge; when, having by acts of the greatest wisdom and fortitude, vanquished the enemies of his country, and thus procured for it the blessings of liberty and independence, he delivered his commission to the President of Congress at Annapolis; unanimously chosen President of the Federal Convention, which sat at Philadelphia, 1787; unanimously elected President of the United States, April 6th, 1789; and again unanimously re-elected 1793. [P. 7.]
An Historical Catalogue of Peales' Collection of Paintings. "The proper study of mankind, is man." Philadelphia: Printed by Richard Folwell, No. 33, Mulberry-Street, M,DCC,XCV.