Oil on canvas; 40-1/2 in. x 55 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.
The Marriage of Washington to Martha Custis, 1849
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.