George Washington Surrendering His Commission (1783)
Francis B. Mayer (American, 1827 - 1899)
This painting speaks to America’s fascination with its leaders from the Colonial era, such as George Washington. This fascination was part of a broader cultural phenomenon known as the “Colonial Revival,” which culminated in the 1920s with the creation of entire historical villages such as Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
Francis Mayer, a talented painter and illustrator, chose to celebrate the centennial of Washington’s resignation as Commander in Chief of the Army in 1783: an event that established civilian rather than military rule. Six years later, in 1789, Washington was sworn in as the country’s first president.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, board
Measurements: frame height: 21.25 inches frame width: 27 inches smallest height: 18 inches smallest width: 23.375 inches frame depth: 1.25 inchesGift of Bernard Richter 1971.14
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN