Historic 18th-century watercolor portraying West Point during the Revolutionary War.

Among His Troops

Only Known Wartime Depiction of Washington’s War Tent

Jan. 13 – Feb. 19, 2018

Among His Troops, was a limited run exhibition that presented a newly discovered 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting that offers an invaluable glimpse into the Revolutionary War.

Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor brought together works of art, weapons, and other artifacts from the Revolutionary War to explore the history surrounding this rare eyewitness painting of the Continental Army.

The exhibit explored the detective work conducted by the Museum’s curators to identify the watercolor and its artist, Pierre L’Enfant. A French-born American military engineer, L’Enfant is best known as the master planner of Washington, D.C. The newly discovered watercolor will be displayed next to L’Enfant’s only other known panoramic painting of the Continental Army, which depicts West Point in 1782, on loan from the Library of Congress. Together, these paintings provide visitors with a glimpse into the relatively unknown period following the 1781 British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, as the Revolutionary War continued to rage. The exhibit tells the stories of the officers, female camp followers, and African American soldiers who continued the fight for independence as they encamped in the Hudson Valley in 1782.

Support Provided by Goldman Sachs

Additional support provided by:

Landenberger Family Foundation
The Family of Irvin and Anita Schorsch
MBA Design & Display Products Corp.
Library of Congress
Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library
Philadelphia History Museum
Biggs Museum of American Art
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Van Cortlandt House Museum, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in New York
Museum of Connecticut History
Brian and Barbara Hendelson
Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection
Nick Manganiello
Bob MacDonald