Version I: (1780) As
shown. Collection: Metropolitan Museum, National Portrait Gallery.
Version II: (1780) As shown,
with "1780" added at end of first line of text.
Collection: Anne Brown Military Collection.
of the engraving was advertised in the Pennsylvania Packet
on 26 August 1780:
The subscriber takes this method of informing the Public,
That he has just finished a Mezzotinto Print, in poster size of
his Excellency General Washington, from the original picture belonging
to the state of Pennsylvania. Shopkeepers and persons going
to the West Indies may be supplied at such a price as will afford
a considerable profit to them, by applying at the South-west corner
of Lombard and Third-streets, Philadelphia.
An advertisement in the Pennsylvania Journal, 20 December 1780,
quoted the price of the print at $2.00, "or Six Pounds per Dozen
to Shop Keepers, or any persons going abroad." (Wick, p.
"N. B. As the first impression of this sort of prints are the
most valuable, those who are anxious to possess a likeness of our
worthy General are desired to apply immediately. (Wick, p.
This was the
third mezzotint produced by Peale, following a portrait of William
Pitt, engraved in London in 1768 or 1769, and a head of George Washington.
Peale presented a copy of the Washington engraving to Pierre Eugene
Du Simitière, but no example of it is presently known.