Whole length, the size of life, painted at Philadelphia, in the year 1792, for . . . Charleston, (S.C.) The picture was intended to preserve the military character of the great original; . . . He is represented in full uniform, standing on an eminence, on the south side of the Creek at Trenton, . . . He holds in his right hand his reconnoitering atlas, with which he is supposed to have been examining the strength of the hostile army, pouring into and occupying Trenton, . . . He is supposed to have been meditating [on] how to avoid the apparently impending ruin . . . [and] to have just formed the plan of that movement which he executed during the succeeding night. This led to the splendid success at Princeton, on the following morning; . . . [Washington's] features are animated and exalted by the mighty thoughts revolving in the mind on that sublime occasion; the high resolve, stamping on the face and attitude its lofty purpose, to conquer or to perish. . . . The picture remained in the possession of Colonel Trumbull until the dissolution of the Society of the Cincinnati in Connecticut, when his excellency Governor Trumbull, Gen. Jebidiah Huntington, the Hon. John Davenport, the Hon. Jeremiah Wadsworth, and the Hon. Benjamin Talmadge, joined with him in presenting this portrait to Yale. [Pp. 33-34; excerpted from a detailed description of the work.]
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.