Marble; height: 31.25 inches (79.4 cm); width: 28 inches (71.1 cm); depth: 18 inches (45.7 cm). U.S. Senate Chamber.
John Adams, 1890
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.