Surrender of Lord Cornwallis.--October 19, 1781, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 25
The success of this officer in the southern states, during the years 1780 and 1781, the capture of Charleston, the victory of Camden, and various minor successes, by which almost every part of Georgia and South and North Carolina, had been successively occupied by the British troops, had seriously threatened the cause of American Independence. . . . The painting represents the moment when the principal officers of the British army, conducted by General Lincoln, are passing the two groups of American and French generals, and entering between the two lines of the victors; by this means the principal officers of the three nations are brought near together and all out of distinct portraits. In the center of the painting, in the distance, is seen the entrance of the town, with the captured troops marching out, following their officers, and also a distant glimpse of York River, and the entrance of the Chesapeak [sic] Bay, as seen from the spot. [Pp. 25-27.]
Catalogue of Paintings of Colonel Trumbull, including eight subjects of the American Revolution, with near two hundred and fifty Portraits of persons distinguished in that important period painted by him from the Life, now exhibiting in the Gallery of Yale College, New-Haven. New-Haven: Printed by J. Peck, 1835.