Mezzotint of George Washington

After George Washington took command of the Continental Army, the market for prints of the legendary general grew both foreign and domestic. In 1775 an English printer named “C. Shepherd” published a mezzotint of the Commander-in-Chief on horseback. While the image bears little resemblance to Washington, the print claimed it was “Done from an original drawing from the Life by Alexr. Campbell of Williamsburgh in Virginia.” Martha Washington received one of these prints in January 1776. Her husband commented: “Mr. Campbell whom I never saw (to my knowledge) has made a very formidable figure of the Commander in Chief giving him a sufficient portion of Terror in his Countenance.” This remains one of the earliest prints of General George Washington.