General Washington Saying Farewell to His Officers in Fraunces Tavern, New York (from the Bicentennial Pageant of George Washington portfolio) by Samuel V. Chamberlain

General Washington Saying Farewell to His Officers in Fraunces Tavern, New York (from the Bicentennial Pageant of George Washington portfolio) by Samuel V. Chamberlain

General Washington Saying Farewell to His Officers in Fraunces Tavern, New York (from the Bicentennial Pageant of George Washington portfolio)

Samuel V. Chamberlain

Title

General Washington Saying Farewell to His Officers in Fraunces Tavern, New York (from the Bicentennial Pageant of George Washington portfolio)

 
Artist
Year
1932  
Technique
etching in a brown/black ink 
Image Size
6 x 8 1/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1000 plus 20 proofs 
Annotations
titled in pencil, ll 
Reference
Chamberlain 256 
Paper
antique white laid; "GW" & Washington coat of arms watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
The American Art Foundation and the George Washington Memorial Association 
Inventory ID
5382 
Price
$300.00 
Description

This etching, 'General Washington Saying Farewell to His Officers in Fraunces Tavern, New York', was the fifteenth of twenty etchings included in the 1932 Bicentennial Pageant of George Washington, (also called "The Life of George Washington") and was edited by John Taylor Arms in 1932; printed in England by Henry E. Carling on laid paper with watermarks "GW" (George Washington's monogram) and an eagle and shield coat of arms handmade at Head Mill, Maidstone, England. It was published by the American Art Foundation in an edition of 1000 (plus 20 artists' proofs).

Fraunces Tavern, built in 1719, located at 54 Pearl St at the corner of Broad, still exists in New York as a tavern and museum. It served as a headquarters for George Washington and when the British troops left New York in 1783 Washington bade to his officers of the Continental Army.

The marketing for the portfolio read: "The American Art Foundation has the honor to announce Twenty Masterpieces in Etching each executed by one of America's most distinguished artists."

Originally commissioned by private investors, each artist was asked to complete a piece relating to George Washington, his private and public life. The respective artist signed each print in the portfolio at the time of issue, and the entire set bears those original signatures. Included among the artists are: William Auerbach-Levy, Ralph Boyer, Samuel Chamberlain, Kerr Eby, Sears Gallagher, Childe Hassam, Arthur William Heintzelman, Eugene Higgins, Earl Horter, Robert Lawson, Allen Lewis, F. Luis Mora, Robert H. Nisbet, Louis C. Rosenberg, Ernest David Roth, Albert Sterner, Walter Tittle, Levon West, J.W. Winkler, and George Wright.

It is of interest that all of the artists were confined to a specific subject and to a specific format and all of the prints included in the portfolio tend, in my opinion, to be amongst each artist's least effective works.