Washington’s Face: What did the Average Citizen See?

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Washington’s Face: What did the Average Citizen See?
Wendy Wick Reaves
Curator Emerita of Prints and Drawings, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
February 23, 2016
01:00:09

At the start of the Revolutionary War, almost any fictitious image could pass as a portrait of an American hero, but George Washington as commander-in-chief warranted extra efforts. American printmakers searched for an accurate likeness of Washington throughout the war. So what did the average farmer, frontiersman, housewife or child see of his countenance? Ms. Reaves shares amateur print images of Washington that circulated around the country in the late eighteenth century.

Video courtesy of C-SPAN’s American History TV