Oil on canvas; 42 1/2 x 32 in. (108 x 81.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
Esther Boardman, 1789
During the war ... Washington thought his way to federalism, long before a Federalist Party existed. He believed in a strong central government, supreme over the states; a strong financial system on the British model, with taxes to fund its debt; a flourishing commerce to create prosperity (and to train seamen for a powerful navy, which would in turn protect shipping); and a strong military. And most officers came out of the experience of the Revolution with the same views.