Washington Crossing the Delaware 1851, Oil on Canvas – Emanuel Leutze


Oil on canvas
20 × 24 in | 50.8 × 61 cm
Limited edition
Hand-signed by artist
Certificate of authenticity
Frame Included


Washington Crossing the Delaware 1851: A Glimpse into Heroic History

Step into the canvas and witness the awe-inspiring scene of “Washington Crossing the Delaware 1851.” Emanuel Leutze’s masterpiece captures the pivotal moment when General George Washington led the continental army across the treacherous Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War. 

Immerse yourself in the raw energy and determination that emanates from this iconic artwork. Leutze’s masterful brushwork and skillful use of light and shadow transport us back in time, allowing us to relive the spirit of bravery and resilience that defined the American revolution. Gaze upon the canvas and imagine the biting winter wind and the relentless current that tested the mettle of the patriots, as they rowed to face a camp of Hessian mercenaries.

Emanuel Leutze, a Painter of Historical Legacy

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, a renowned artist of the 19th century, is celebrated for his ability to breathe life into historical events through his captivating brushstrokes. His artistic vision and attention to detail have made him an esteemed figure in the realm of American art. 

This dedication to capturing significant moments in American history is exemplified in Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware 1851. With meticulous precision, he transports us to that fateful Christmas night of December 25, 1776, immortalizing General Washington’s bold leadership and the unwavering spirit of the American soldiers. Through Leutze’s artistry, we can feel the pulse of history and the sacrifices made by those who fought for liberty. 

Leutze’s painting portrays General Washington standing in a small boat, surrounded by his men. The scene is set in the early morning, with a dramatic sky and icy waters. Washington is depicted as a heroic figure, clad in his military uniform, holding a telescope in one hand and pointing forward with the other, symbolizing his determination and leadership.

The painting was initially exhibited in New York City and gained immediate acclaim. It quickly became a popular symbol of American patriotism and resilience. However, the original painting was destroyed in a fire in 1942 while on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fortunately, Leutze had made a preliminary version of the painting, which now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the years, reproductions and copies of this painting  have ensured its continued recognition as an enduring symbol of American history. Washington Crossing the Delaware remains an important cultural icon, representing the spirit of perseverance and sacrifice in the face of adversity.

Newport Brushstrokes: Preserving History through Art

At Newport Brushstrokes, we are passionate about curating art that celebrates historical significance and preserves the stories that shape our world. Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Leutze is a testament to our commitment to bringing iconic pieces to art enthusiasts.

Leutze painted not just a scene but a testament to the indomitable spirit of a nation. By owning a piece of history through our collection, you become a custodian of the legacy, reminding us of the sacrifices and triumphs that have shaped our society.

Let Newport Brushstrokes be your gateway to historical masterpieces that honor our shared heritage and inspire generations to come.

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16 × 19 1/5 in, 20 x 24 in

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