Mather Brown (1761—1831)

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 (76.80 x 64.14). American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA.

The artist at age 50.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 91.4 x 71.1 x (36 x 28 1/16 in).

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA.

Known as Nabby (1765—1813), daughter of John and Abigail Adams.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 34 ½ x 27 ¼ in. (90.2 x 71.3 cm). Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA.

after Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Portrait by unknown artist after a 1785 painting by Brown.

attrib. Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; H. 30 in. (76.2 cm), W. 25 in. (63.5 cm). Private collection.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 249.9 x 181.6 cm. Royal Collection Trust, London, England.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas; 8 3/16 x 64 3/8 in. (249.4 x 163.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

by Mather Brown (1761—1831)

Oil on canvas. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.

Washington was imperfect. In strictly military terms, he does not merit comparisons that have sometimes been made between him and generals like Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, or Robert E. Lee. Yet he remains a remarkable man, one of those Tolstoyan figures whose acts determine the course of history. James Thomas Flexner has called him the indispensable man. Nobody — not Nathanael Green or Henry Knox, and certainly not Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or John Adams — united the military, political, and personal skills that made Washington unique ... without George Washington there could have been no victory in the Revolutionary War, no United States. As a soldier he was erratic but competent. As a man he was impulsive, vindictive, brave, hardworking, intelligent, and virtuous. And as a leader he was great. Those who mourned Washington’s passing in 1799 were right to regard him, for all his flaws, as the savior of his country.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)