Among His Troops at the Museum of the American Revolution

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:00pm - Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Museum of the American Revolution 101 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

For a limited time only, the Museum will present 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.

Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor brings together works of art, weapons, and other artifacts from the Revolutionary War to explore the history surrounding this rare eyewitness painting of the Continental Army.

Visitors will learn about the detective work conducted by the Museum’s curators to identify the watercolor and its artist, Pierre L’Enfant. A French-born American military engineer, L’Enfant is best known as the master planner of Washington, D.C. The newly discovered watercolor will be displayed next to L’Enfant’s only other known panoramic painting of the Continental Army, which depicts West Point in 1782, on loan from the Library of Congress. Together, these paintings provide visitors with a glimpse into the relatively unknown period following the 1781 British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, as the Revolutionary War continued to rage. The exhibit tells the stories of the officers, female camp followers, and African American soldiers who continued the fight for independence as they encamped in the Hudson Valley in 1782.

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