Grant Wood (1892—1942)

by Grant Wood (1892—1942)

Oil on masonite; 101.6 x 50.8 cm. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH.

by Grant Wood (1892—1942)

Oil on canvas. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX.

by Grant Wood (1892—1942)

Oil on Masonite. 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

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.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)