Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fact of the Day: Washington Delaware

While Washington Crossing the Delaware is one of the most iconic paintings related to American history, it was not painted by anyone present at the river. An artist named Emanuel Leutze actually painted it in 1851. Because of this, there are a few historical inaccuracies, such as an American flag that did not yet exist.  

19 comments:

Unknown said...

I'm kind of proud that I actually knew this...and have gotten a huge kick out of it since I was a kid.

Emmylou said...

A great painting even with the inaccuracies:)

Bob Bushell said...

Cool painting.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Great job either way

Margaret D said...

Looks a nice painting...

Pat Hatt said...

A little fiction is normal in any historical depiction, sadly

Unknown said...

thankfully I've never needed to know this yet as I would hate to have to explain obvious things to more obvious people
but now that I know it, I'll undoubtedly end up using it
now off to research everything else about the painting

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

And there you have it...the truth comes out. I had no idea.

Christine said...

interesting.

stephen Hayes said...

Also, ice on the Delaware is smooth, unlike the ice on the river in this painting. That's German North Sea ice. And Washington sat in the back of the boat.

Mama Zen said...

I never realized that! That's a very cool fact.

Pilar Domínguez said...

You know a lot about history . Kisses:)

Moscow Blogger said...

interesting!

Manzanita said...

Inaccuracies are OK with me. It just looks nicer with the flag in place of someone's old dirty batered bandana, which is probably what they really used. Ha

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

Interesting!
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DeniseinVA said...

I never would have realized, fascinating fact. It's a very dramatic painting, one I have long admired.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Well that's awkward!!

Caro * said...

This fact is very interesting.

Kay said...

That is so much fun to know!