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