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Justin McCarthy
Washington Crossing the Delaware, Variation on a Theme #3
about 1963
oil
27 1/2 x 48 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.



In McCarthy's variation on Emanuel Leutze's famous painting, revolutionary soldiers struggle to propel General George Washington's boat across the Delaware River before the American attack on the British at Trenton, New Jersey. Swirling brushstrokes obscure the land and convey the blowing snow of that bitter winter.