Art History: Eyewitness Images of the Revolution

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1776 George Washington Portrait by Peale

1776 George Washington Portrait by Peale

Monday, December 30, 2013
2:30 pm

Masonic Temple
100 Barrack St
Trenton, NJ

Despite the absence of photography and combat illustrators, the American Revolutionary War was accurately recorded by a number of artists.

Historian Arthur Lefkowitz, author of The Long Retreat, George Washington’s Indispensable Men, Bushnell’s Submarine, and Benedict Arnold’s Army, presents a color slide presentation of 18th century artistry in the form of studio-executed history paintings, portraits, illustrations, and rapidly drawn field sketches.

While some of the artwork presented may look familiar, Mr. Lefkowitz offers historical information on each piece, and new insight about the artists who created them. Pictures have been gathered from a variety of museum collections and, using high quality images, interesting details (frequently lost when the pictures are reproduced in books) come to life. Central to the presentation are portraits of George Washington, shown as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

Co-sponsored by the Trenton Museum Society and the Trenton Downtown Association for Patriots Week