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George Washington
George Washington
Resource Typeimage
TitleGeorge Washington
Coverage / Year1776 to Present
DescriptionPortrait by Gilbert Stuart of George Washington at Dorchester Heights, 1806
InterpretationIn the Spring of 1776, George Washington and his troops seized Dorchester Heights (now South Boston), placing three cannon in the range of Boston. This caused the British troops to evacuate Boston Harbor. Many Loyalists (people who were loyal to the British rule) left with the troops and never returned. Thirty years later Gilbert Stuart was commissioned to commemorate the event and completed this painting in nine days. The scene is idealized. Washington is given the heroic pose of the Apollo Belvidere, a famous classical statue. He appears considerably older, thus more presidential, than he was at the battle. (Adapted from the text label, Boston Museum of Fine Arts.)
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; The Constitution and the U.S.; English Colonies; Governing Ourselves; Revolutionary War
Learning Standards14 Political Systems; 16 History
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association
Other ContributorsBoston Museum of Fine Arts
Subject / KeywordsBoston; American Revolution; Colonialists; Presidents; Washington, George, 1732-1799
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
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Resource IdentifierIHA00211
CONTENTdm file name1562151412003_IHA00178a.jpg
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