Among His Troops

Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor

CLOSED
Janusary 13 – February 19, 2018

The Museum presented a newly discovered 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting that offers an invaluable glimpse into the Revolutionary War, a time before the invention of photography. The sweeping watercolor painting of a 1782 Continental Army encampment contains the only known wartime depiction of General Washington’s headquarters tent, which is dramatically presented at the Museum. The painting depicts hundreds of military tents arrayed across the rolling landscape of the lower Hudson Valley. Perched on a hilltop rising above the scene is Washington’s field headquarters, including the marquee tent in which he lived during the Revolutionary War. 

“Seeing this painting is like traveling back in time. To have such a detailed depiction of the scene painted by an eyewitness...is like having a Google Street View look at a Revolutionary War encampment.”

Only Known Wartime Depiction of Washington’s War Tent

This scene from the watercolor, a full seven feet in length, depicts Washington's Headquarters Tent  at Verplanck’s Point, New York in 1782.

The exhibit brought together works of art, weapons and other artifacts from the Revolutionary War to explore the history surrounding this remarkable discovery. 

Learn more about this incredible discovery by our curatorial team in this New York Times feature story: Washington’s Tent: A Detective Story

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs.

 

 

Additional Support Provided By:

  • Landenberger Family Foundation
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  • The Family of Irvin and Anita Schorsch
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  • MBA Design & Display Products Corp.
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  • Library of Congress
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  • Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library
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  • Philadelphia History Museum
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  • Biggs Museum of American Art
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  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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  • Van Cortlandt House Museum, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in New York
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  • Museum of Connecticut History
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  • Brian and Barbara Hendelson
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  • Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection
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  • Nick Manganiello
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  • Bob MacDonald