Size 13 x 17 feet. . . . The principal figures are faithful portraits of Washington, Knox, Green and Morgan. Dunlap in his history of American painters, gives the following account of it: "He (Sully) was applied to by the Legislature of North Carolina for two full length portraits of Washington. In reply, he proposed one historical picture, in which the prominent action of the hero should be represented, and mentioned the crossing of the Delaware at Trenton. . . . He wrote for the dimensions of the place the picture was destined to occupy; and not receiving an answer, proceeded with the work on a canvas of great dimensions; years were expended in its completion; applications for portraits almost ceased; money was borrowed to carry on the work, and when it was finished he was informed that there was no place fitted to receive it, . . . To paint a great picture, and this was both in size and subject, the artist requires . . . many expensive adjuncts which may be dispensed with in the composition of similar works. The time exhausted in studies and labor, . . . and the expense . . . must be serious in the amount. Thus his picture costs him . . . some thousands of dollars, which, . . . merely suffices to pay the painter for the expense incurred while painting the work--and his talents and labor go for nothing. . . ." [Pp. 10-11.]
Catalogue of the Paintings, Marble and Plaster Statuary and Engravings comprised in the Collection of the Boston Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts, corner of Tremont and Bromfield Streets. Admission to Museum and Gallery 25 cts. Catalogues 6 1/4 cents. Boston: Printed by Henry F. Lewis, Minot's Building, Spring Lane, 1841.