For Immediate Release
DAR Sponsored Painting Installed at Museum of the American Revolution
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A restored mid-19th-century copy of a painting depicting George Washington and French general Rochambeau during the last major battle of America’s Revolutionary War has been installed at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The painting will be prominently displayed when the Museum opens to the public on April 19.
The exceptionally large painting, measuring 14-by-17 feet (16-by-19 framed), is a hand-painted copy of French artist Louis Charles-Auguste Couder’s Siege of Yorktown (1781). It hangs in the Museum’s second floor court and can be seen from the first floor, drawing visitors up the grand staircase as they begin the Museum experience.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) provided a substantial grant to underwrite the majority of painting conservation, framing, and installation. Three notable New York firms contributed to the conservation, stretching, and framing of the canvas. A special frame based on a 19th-century American example was custom built for the painting.
“DAR is proud to be able to support the efforts to conserve and display this magnificent painting,” said Ann Dillon, President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “We are so pleased to join with the Museum of the American Revolution in the shared educational goal to ensure future generations understand the importance and relevance of the inspiring ideals of the American Revolution.”
DAR is proud to be partners with the Museum of the American Revolution and support its efforts to bring to life the events, people and ideals of the founding of the United States and to inspire a deep appreciation of the importance of the struggle that created the American nation.
Tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution will start going on sale at noon on February 22. Learn more here: www.amrevmuseum.org.