American Paintings: First in Peace. Representing the Arrival of General George Washington at the Battery, New York, April 30, 1789 by John C. McRae, after Henry Brueckner Engraving

This print imagines the grand and exuberant spectacle that greeted Washington as he entered New York for his first inauguration. Eyewitness accounts recalled the new president arriving on a barge rowed by thirteen men in white uniforms, surrounded by a crowd cheering wildly and ships firing thirteen-gun salutes.


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