Oil on canvas; 93 x 58 1/2 in. (236.2 x 148.6 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
George Washington at Princeton, 1779
In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as
padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.