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This dramatic scene commemorates the October 1781 Siege of Yorktown in Virginia. The original 1836 painting hangs in the Hall of Battles at the Palace of Versailles in France. This full-sized copy is believed to have been painted by French artist Henry LeGrand and exhibited at the Chicago Art Union in 1860. The central figure (gesturing) represents French General Rochambeau. General George Washington and General Lafayette (visible on Washington’s right) stand in front of a striped officer’s tent. They are surrounded by French officers and soldiers who fought alongside Washington’s army. The American Indian figures in the background may represent a delegation of Oneida and other Native Americans who witnessed the surrender of British General Cornwallis and his army. Yorktown was one of the last major military actions of the Revolutionary War.  

Artwork Details

  • The Siege of Yorktown
    Attributed to Henry LeGrand, after Louis-Charles-Auguste Couder
    Paris, France
    1850-1860
    Oil on Canvas
    Museum of the American Revolution
    2007.01.0148

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