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This painting depicts a scene from the Battle of Germantown, fought on October 4, 1777. On the right is a rendering of the Benjamin Chew House, where troops from the British 40th Regiment held off the attacking Continental Army in some of the bloodiest fighting of the battle. British Army light infantry Lieutenant Richard St. George Mansergh St. George, an Irish artist and veteran of the battle, commissioned this painting by Italian artist Xavier della Gatta in 1782. St. George is depicted in the foreground of the painting being carried off the battlefield after suffering a traumatic head wound in the opening moments of the action. He battled the long-term consequences of that wound for the rest of his life. 

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  • Battle of Germantown
    Painted by Xavier della Gatta
    Naples, Italy
    Gouache on Paper
    Museum of the American Revolution


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