Among His Troops

Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor

LIMITED RUN
Saturday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

For a limited time only, the Museum will present a newly discovered 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting that offers an invaluable glimpse into the Revolutionary War, a time before the invention of photography. The sweeping watercolor painting of a 1782 Continental Army encampment contains the only known wartime depiction of General Washington’s headquarters tent, which is dramatically presented at the Museum. The painting depicts hundreds of military tents arrayed across the rolling landscape of the lower Hudson Valley. Perched on a hilltop rising above the scene is Washington’s field headquarters, including the marquee tent in which he lived during the Revolutionary War. 

 

“Seeing this painting is like traveling back in time. To have such a detailed depiction of the scene painted by an eyewitness...is like having a Google Street View look at a Revolutionary War encampment.”

Only Known Wartime Depiction of Washington’s War Tent

This scene from the watercolor, a full seven feet in length, depicts Washington's Headquarters Tent  at Verplanck’s Point, New York in 1782.

This scene from the watercolor, a full seven feet in length, depicts Washington's Headquarters Tent  at Verplanck’s Point, New York in 1782.

Experience this watercolor for only five weeks as part of this limited-run exhibit Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor. The exhibit will bring together works of art, weapons and other artifacts from the Revolutionary War to explore the history surrounding this remarkable discovery. Among His Troops will include hands-on activities for families, gallery talks, and a series of public lectures. Full details of the exhibition will be announced at a later date.

Admission to the exhibit is free with regular museum admission. 

Learn more about this incredible discovery by our curatorial team in this New York Times feature story: Washington’s Tent: A Detective Story

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs.

Additional support provided by: Landenberger Family Foundation; The Family of Irvin and Anita Schorsch; MBA Design & Display Products Corp.; Library of Congress; Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library; Philadelphia History Museum; Biggs Museum of American Art; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Van Cortlandt House Museum, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in New York; Museum of Connecticut History; Brian and Barbara Hendelson; Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection; Nick Manganiello; and Bob MacDonald.

Additional support provided by:

Landenberger Family Foundation
The Family of Irvin and Anita Schorsch
MBA Design & Display Products Corp.
Library of Congress
Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library
Philadelphia History Museum
Biggs Museum of American Art
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Van Cortlandt House Museum, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in New York
Museum of Connecticut History
Brian and Barbara Hendelson
Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection
Nick Manganiello
Bob MacDonald