IMAGE –Leutze’s Washington Crossing

Washington Crossing (1851)

Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851)

This most famous American painting was created by a German painter named Emanuel Leutze, originally in 1849 and then again in 1851.  The story behind his motivation for painting this image provides a helpful connection between American and European revolutionary movements.  Teachers and students can use this image to study both the Revolutionary War and the history of nineteenth-century nationalist conflicts.

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