With the prisoners and trophies taken at Princeton. This fine picture is the best likeness of the illustrious Washington that was ever taken. It is a full length, representing the General in the uniform which he actually wore, leaning on a field piece taken at Princeton, while the British prisoners, &c., are seen in the background. It was taken by request of a Committee of Congress, then sitting in Philadelphia, and the price agreed upon was eight thousand dollars. The picture thus executed under the eyes of those who were intimate with the original, was universally approved, but some doubt being expressed in Congress as to the propriety of paying so large a sum for a picture, at the time when the country was embarassed for money, Mr. PEALE declined delivering it, and it remained in his hands, the chief ornament of his Gallery, and to the American historian and antiquarian, the most valuable painting extant. It is an undoubted original, having passed directly from the possession of the Artist and his descendents to the present owners. It represents Washington in the prime of his manhood, in his actual costume as Commander-in-chief, and was painted at the time, that is shortly after the Battle of Princeton. . . . [Pp. 17-18.]
Catalogue of the National Portrait and Historical Gallery, Illustrative of American History. Formerly belonging to Peale's Museum, Philadelphia, now exhibiting at Independence Hall, on Fourth Street, between Walnut and Vine, Cincinnati. Incorporated by Act of General Assembly. Cincinnati: Gazette Company Print. 1852.