Unknown Artist

by Unknown Artist

Paper mâché tray. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

by Unknown Artist

Two-sided locket, ivory; 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm ). New-York Historical Society, New York, NY.

by Unknown Artist

 

by Unknown Artist

Mezzotint; 356 mm x 238 mm.; published in London by John Morris. British Museum, London, England.

by Unknown Artist

The only known portrait of Steuben without a military uniform, at about age 40.

by Unknown Artist

Oil on canvas, lined to fiberglass; 38 x 72 1/2 in. (96.5 x 184.2 cm). New-York Historical Society, New York, NY.

John Adams was inaugurated as second president on March 4, 1797. Washington had preceded him to the hall and sat on the dais with Jefferson the Vice-President-elect, as Adams spoke. When the new President finished and left, Washington motioned to Jefferson to go next. The two Virginians had known each other since 1769, when Washington had been thirty-seven years old and Jefferson only twenty-six. From long habit and lingering respect, Jefferson now held back. But Washington gestured again, in a manner not to be ignored. The younger man was now Vice-President and must go first.

Richard Brookhiser
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)