Oil on canvas; 96 x 60 in. (243.8 x 152.4 cm.) Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
George Washington, 1796-97
In the fall of 1775 Congress chose brown as the original color for the national uniform. In October 1778, however, France sent uniforms with a predominance of blue coats (although there were also brown), and so on 2 October 1779 Congress switched to blue as the official color.