George Washington at Princeton, by Charles Willson Peale, 1779.
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Oil on canvas of George Washington at the Battle of Princeton

Credit: United States Senate

In 1778 the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania commissioned Charles Willson Peale to paint this portrait of George Washington at Princeton to place in its council chamber in Independence Hall. The painting provide so popular that Peale painted at least 18 replicas, one of which is now in the United States Senate. Peale brought his own memories to the painting, having participated in the battle. He wrote in his diary that he and his fellow soldiers “stood the Fire without regarding [the] Balls which whistled their thousand different notes around our heads, and what is very astonishing did little or no harm.”

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