Framed The Passage of the Delaware by Thomas Sully 1819

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Product Overview:

  • Proudly handmade in the USA
  • Wood frame with mat, glass front, paper duster backing with wire hanger
  • Top quality digital print (not printed on parchment like many of our offerings)
  • Standard size frame measures approx. 24" wide x 17" tall
  • Poster size frame measures approx. 36" wide x 25.5" tall

Frame Details:

We currently offer two lines of frames:

  • Solid Wood Frames: Country Black Frame (main photo) or Grey Barnwood.
  • Eco-Friendly BonanzaWood® Frames: Pitch Black, White American Barn, or Montauk Boardwalk. These eco-friendly frames provide the finish, look, and longevity of solid wood, yet are constructed of millions of tons of residual wood which is collected, cleaned and milled to uniform-size particles and formed to shape under intense heat and pressure.

Product Details:

In 1817 the state of North Carolina commissioned Thomas Sully to paint a heroic portrait of George Washington in action for the Senate Hall in the North Carolina State House. Inspired by the description of the crossing in the memoirs of Gen. James Wilkinson, published in 1816, Sully decided to depict the nighttime crossing before the Battle of Trenton. He placed Washington in the center of the action, sitting calmly on his horse while all around him are excited, anxious men. The setting is scrupulously detailed. Sully visited the site in a snowstorm to get it right. McConkey’s ferry house is barely visible on the opposite shore on the left. The men are crossing on flat-bottomed Durham boats, used on the Delaware to move iron. These were precisely the boats the army collected to make the crossing. The night was illuminated by a full moon, which in Sully’s depiction of the scene plays on Washington’s face.  In the darkness to his left (our right), Henry Knox, managing the crossing, points with his saber. The mounted black figure is Washington’s servant Billy Lee. Sully identified the figure mounting a horse as Nathanael Greene, and said very specifically that the mounted figure at far right does not represent any particular person.



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