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The Steigerwalt-Parker-Hart Portrait of George Washington, Giclee Print
The Steigerwalt-Parker-Hart Portrait of George Washington,
Giclee Print

George Washington
b. 2-22-1732; Westmoreland Co., VA
d. 12-14-1799; Mt. Vernon, VA

George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army in the American War of Independence and first President of the United States (1789-1797), is referred to as “the father of his country.”

Washington, taught at home by his father and elder brother, became a surveyor which allows him to learn the terrain of Virginia. He also becomes a “planter”, defined as those with twenty or more slaves. After the death of his brother Lawrence in 1752, George applied for, and was appointed to, a military position his brother held, an adjutant general (military administative officer). By age 21 Washington's report on the French military strength and intentions in the Ohio frontier was read in Europe and the colonies.

George Washington images include “American Presidents” composite posters and charts, portraits of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, Charles Wilson Peale and James Peale, the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware historic scene, reproductions of Washington vintage memorabilia, scenes from Mt. Vernon and Valley Forge, Mt. Rushmore and the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.


George Washington Fine Art Print by Gilbert Stuart
George Washington
by Gilbert Stuart
Art Print

George Washington
Fine Art Print by Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuart Masterworks of Art poster

George Washington in Uniform of a Colonel of the Virginia Militia During the French and Indian War, Giclee Print
George Washington Virginia Militia
French & Indian War,
Giclee Print

George Washington, 1799, Fine Art Print, Charles Willson Peale
George Washington, 1799,
Art Print, Charles Willson Peale

George Washington, Founding Fathers, Poster
George Washington,
Founding Fathers,

George Washington

“Liberty, when it begins to take root is a plant of rapid growth.”

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George Washington, Poster
George Washington, Poster

George Washington

Called the “Father of His Country”, George Washington's one of the most important people in U.S. history. He is best known for his courage, sense of fairness and good judgment which earned him great respect while serving on a military and political leader. The capital of the United States is named after George Washington, as is Washington state. His portrait is on the one-dollar bill and his profile is on the quarter.

Heroes of History poster series


(Did you know that George Washington's choice of a blue uniform was how the Continental Army became known as the bluecoats?)

Inauguration of George Washington
Inauguration of George Washington, Giclee Print

Painting of Washington's Resignation Art Print
Painting of Washington's Resignation Art Print

Washington Monument, Photographic Print
Washington Monument,
Photographic Print

Ascension to Heaven Art Print
Ascension to Heaven
Art Print

The Washington Monument can be seen as an example of the “a world tree”, an effort to connect Earth and Heaven.

George Washington Head at Mount Rushmore, with Dimensions, Art Print
George Washington Head at Mount Rushmore, with Dimensions,
Art Print

George Washington Head at Mount Rushmore, Black Hills of South Dakota -

“A monument's dimension should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated.” Gutzon Borglum (sculptor)

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Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze - Washington Crossing the Delaware poster
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze -
Washington Crossing the Delaware

George Washingtion was depicted by German artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, in 1851, leading American revolutionary troops across the Delaware River, from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The dawn attack in winter defeated the surprised English and Hessian troops in Trenton, the day after Christmas in 1776.

Travels of George Washington Map 1932, Giclee Print
Travels of George Washington Map 1932, Giclee Print

Map of the Travels of George Washington - National Geographic, 1932 -

Eastern Seaboard with Boston, Philadephia, Mount Vernon, Tidewater Virginia, and New York details.

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The Presidents of the United States Art Print
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George Washington Stand Up
George Washington
Stand Up

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“Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”
“Knowledge is, in every country, the second basis of public happiness.” First Annual Message to Congress, January 8, 1790
• “Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.” Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
“Liberty, when it begins to take root is a plant of rapid growth.”


His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis - As commander of the Continental army, George Washington united the American colonies, defeated the British army, and became the world's most famous man. But how much do Americans really know about their first president? Today, as Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph J. Ellis says in this crackling biography, Americans see their first president on dollar bills, quarters, and Mount Rushmore, but only as “an icon – distant, cold, intimidating.” In truth, Washington was a deeply emotional man, but one who prized and practiced self-control (an attribute reinforced during his years on the battlefield).

Washington first gained recognition as a 21-year-old emissary for the governor of Virginia, braving savage conditions to confront encroaching French forces. As the de facto leader of the American Revolution, he not only won the country's independence, but helped shape its political personality and “topple the monarchical and aristocratic dynasties of the Old World.” When the Congress unanimously elected him president, Washington accepted reluctantly, driven by his belief that the union's very viability depended on a powerful central government. In fact, keeping the country together in the face of regional allegiances and the rise of political parties may be his greatest presidential achievement.

Based on Washington's personal letters and papers, His Excellency is smart and accessible--not to mention relatively brief, in comparison to other encyclopedic presidential tomes.

George Washington's Rules of Civility: The 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace
- As a young man, George Washington admired and copied into a little notebook 110 rules for civil behavior that originated from a Jesuit textbook. Washington took these rules very much to heart, and that handwritten list remained with him throughout his life, serving as inspiring guidance from his military days at Valley Forge and Yorktown to his two terms as president.

Guidance that at first sounds archaic, it is in fact just as relevant as--indeed, possibly more necessary than--it was nearly three hundred years ago. Richard Brookhiser makes clear the pertinence of these rules for modern readers and proposes that now more than ever we will be wise to follow the modest example of such a great man. Witty and insightful, Brookhiser’s commentary offers real-world instruction in the lost art of self-discipline, and his new preface provides a compelling and timely context in which to employ these guidelines today.

Washington: The Indispensible Man by James Thomas Flexner - Single volume distillation of Flexner's definitive four-volume biography of George Washington explores the Father of Our Country – sometimes an unpopular hero, a man of great contradictions, but always a towering historical figure, who remains “a fallible human being made of flesh and blood and spirit – not a statue of marbel and wood ... a great and good man.” The author unlinchingly paints a portrait of Washington: slave owner, brave leader, man of passion, reluctant politician, and fierce general. His complex character and career are neither glorified nor vilified here; rather, ... a brilliant counterpoint between Washington's public and private lives and a challenging look at the man who has become as much a national symbol as the American flag. (from back cover)

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by JOSEPH J. ELLIS - In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award-winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals – Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison – confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers – re-examined here as Founding Brothers – combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes – Hamilton and Burr’s deadly duel, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence – Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.

George Washington: A Biography by Washington Irving (edited by Charles Neider) - Washington Irving's Life of George Washington (published in five volumes in 1856-1859) was the product of his last years and remains his most personal work. Christened with the name of the great general, Irving (1783-1859) was blessed by Washington while still a boy of seven, and later came to know many of the prominent figures of the Revolution. In these pages he describes them based on firsthand source material and observation. The reesult is a book which is fascinating not only for its subject (the American Revolution), but also for how it reveals in illuminating detail the personality and humanity of a now remote, towering icon. Here is an intimate portrait of Washington the man, from Virginia youth to Colonial Commander to Commander-in-Chief of the Patriot Army to first President and great guiding force of American Federation.

But one cannot read Irving's Life without marveling at the supreme art behind it, for his biography is foremost a work of literature. Charles Neider's abridgement and editing of Irving's long out-of-print classic has created a literary work comparable in importance and elegance to the Irving's Life, makes the work accessible to modern audiences. The extensive introduction provides a detailed analysis of Irving's life and times, and the difficulties he faced as he worked against his own failing health to finish what he felt was his masterpiece. This new edition of the superb biography of America's first citizen by America's first literary artist remains as fresh ad unique today as when it was penned. (back cover)

Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty by Helen Bryan - “A contemporary anecdote not only confirms that Martha commanded respect in her own right during her lifetime, but also suggests an awkward truth later historians have preferred to ignore – that without Martha and her fortune, George might never have risen to social, military, and political prominence. Toward the end of his life, George Washington, war hero, retired president, and object of universal fame and veneration, was negotiating to purchase a plot of land in the new capital city, to be named in his honor. The seller, an aged veteran of the Revolution, was reluctant to part with the plot, even to so distinguished a purchaser. Washington persisted until the veteran’s patience snapped: ‘You think people take every grist that comes from you as the pure grain. What would you have been if you hadn’t married the Widow Custis!’ ” –from the Introduction to Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty

From the glittering social life of Virginia’s wealthiest plantations to the rigors of winter camps during the American Revolution, Martha Washington was a central figure in some of the most important events in American history. Her story is a saga of social conflict, forbidden love affairs, ambiguous wills, mysterious death, heartbreaking loss, and personal and political triumph. Every detail is brought to vivid life in this engaging and astonishing biography of one of the best known, least understood figures in early American life.

When the Forest Ran Red: Washington, Braddock & a Doomed Army (2001) VHS - chronicles the quest of the British, French, and Native American Empires to possess the American wilderness 20 years prior to the Revolutionary War. Conflict ignites as 22-year-old George Washington steps onto the world stage as the murderer of a French emissary. In the subsequent battle of Fort Necessity, the emissary’s brother leads a French army that defeats Washington. These events lead to the 1755 campaign of British General Edward Braddock and George Washington against the French in the heart of the wilderness. The French and their Native American allies watch Braddock’s powerful army move ever closer. With the British a day away, a charismatic French officer leads his French/Indian guerrilla force in a desperate attack on Braddock’s column. The resulting battle will change the course of American history.

Set in the times of ‘The Last of the Mohicans,’ the film documentary 'When the Forest Ran Red' tells a haunting and tragic story of men and women caught in a desperate situation. This co-production of Paladin Communications and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania was shot with the cooperation of the National Park Service, Colonial Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon.

George Washington: The Unknown Years (1997) VHS - Many years before George Washington led the nation to independence, his youth was filled with failure and frustration. Yearning for adventure and glory, at 21 he abandoned his comfortable life as a country squire and pursued a career in the military. The next five years led Washington through bloody battles, a painful surrender, several escapes from death and many tragic disappointments. But through it all he was learning how to be a leader. With dramatic reenactments and commentary by noted historians, this compelling documentary tells the story of Washington's coming of age and the rocky road he took to becoming one of the most remarkable figures in American history

George Washington's First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne VHS - The Ohio Country, 1755. General Edward Braddock’s British army has been annihilated, and the forest runs red with blood. The French & Indian War has begun. Now French-led raiding parties use terror to roll English settlements in the British colonies of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland back toward the Atlantic Coast. In this dark time Virginia turns to its most experienced young leader, George Washington. For three years Washington matches wits with "the most skillful of enemies." Finally the British government launches new campaigns against the French in America, and George Washington will face his greatest challenges of all.

Biography-George Washington: Founding Father VHS - He was a gentleman farmer from Virginia, a brilliant and bold tactician who proved equally adept at leading men into battle and a young nation into the future.From his youth of privilege to his inauguration as the nation's first president, here is George Washington's remarkable life. Exploring the truths, exploding the myths, it's the portrait of a man who first distinguished himself in the British forces, before creating the army that would ultimately defeat them. His was the pivotal role in establishing the modern world's first nation with neither a King nor an emperor.This is a stirring look at the American hero who remains in the words of Henry Lee “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

George Washington (1984) VHS - Barry Boswick as George Washington in this TV mini-series.

George Washington: The Forging of a Nation (1986) VHS - Barry Boswick reprises his role as George Washington in this TV mini-series that covers the early years of the United States and Washington's two terms as president.

The American Revolution - Boxed Set A&E (1994) VHS - This epic production tells the stories of the men and events that shaped the birth of our nation. From the masterful diplomacy of Ben Franklin to the inglorious fate of Benedict Arnold, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION is the definitive look at the struggle to create a new form of government for a New World. Examine the great changes and subtle forces that gave rise to the first democratic nation in the modern world. Revisit the twenty-year struggle for American independence through dramatic re- enactments of great battles, period art and artifacts, rare archival material, and contemporary commentary by leading historians. And hear the words of the founding fathers and the men who fought for freedom read by leading actors such as Kelsey Grammer and Michael Learned.

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