Washington Crossing the Delaware from the series History

  • David Levinthal, Washington Crossing the Delaware from the series History, 2013, inkjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld, Jr., 2017.41.9, © 2013, David Levinthal

Exhibition Label
One of the most repeated stories about the nation's first president is his famous Delaware River crossing on December 25, 1776, during the Revolutionary War. As a general in the Continental army, George Washington led 2,400 soldiers across the river in the middle of the night during a severe snowstorm. Levinthal focuses on the toy figure of Washington standing tall and pointing decisively ahead, unimpeded by ice and wind. The artificiality of the figure is immediately apparent, underscoring the fiction that lies at the heart of how Americans visualize this historic event.
Title
Washington Crossing the Delaware from the series History
Artist
Date
2013
Location
Dimensions
61 × 79 in. (154.9 × 200.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld, Jr.

Mediums Description
inkjet print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • History – United States – Revolution
  • Landscape – river – Delaware River
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Occupation – military – soldier
  • Dress – uniform – military uniform
  • Object – other – flag
  • Architecture – boat – rowboat
  • Portrait male – Washington, George – full length
Object Number
2017.41.9
Palette
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