Boston Art Commission

« back

Click on thumbnails to view additional images of this piece:

General Washington at Dorchester Heights

Artist:

Jane Stuart

Location:

Faneuil Hall  

Location

Faneuil Hall
United States
42° 21' 36.3528" N, 71° 3' 22.3236" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Painting

Year:

1860

Medium:

Oil on Canvas

Collection:

Funders:

Description:

In this painting, General George Washington stands beside his horse. They are pictured on a high ridge, with the distant city of Boston visible in the background. The painting commemorates an American victory in the Revolutionary War; by occupying Dorchester Heights, the Colonist's troops threatened Boston Harbor with artillery fire and forced the British army to evacuate the city. This portrait, which hangs in Faneuil Hall, is a copy after an original by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). As was the custom at the time, painters sold copies of their popular works made by assistants so that the practice might be continued even after an artist’s death. One of Stuart’s assistants was his daughter, Jane Stuart (1812-1888). The painter credited with this piece, she carried on the family business by making at least six copies of “Washington at Dorchester Heights” after her father's passing. 

Audio Description: