The Washington Family by Alfred M. Hoffy after Edward Savage

Description (Brief):

Black and white print of George and Martha Washington seated at a table on a veranda. A boy (Martha's grandson, George Washington Parke Custis) stands near Washington while a girl (Eleanor Parke Custis, Martha's granddaughter) and an African American likely enslaved servant, are standing behind Martha, in the right background. The black servant who stands in the shadows behind Martha has been often identified as the enslaved servant William Lee, but Savage may have used the freemanJohn Riley as a model while creating the original painting. Washington is depicted in uniform with his arm resting on papers while Martha Washington is pointing her fan to the plans of the new federal city. A large standing globe is in foreground representing the new nation's future in a global world. This lithograph is a copy of a well known 1796 painting by Edward Savage. The Washington family posed for Savage in New York City during the winter of 1789-1790. After producing a copperplate engraving of the family, Savage returned to England and worked on the larger oil on canvas depicting an imaginary scene at Mt Vernon.

Description (Brief)

The original artist, Edward Savage (1761-1817),a native of Massachusetts, was originally a goldsmith and an engraver. He was self taught in painting at the time he created the Washington Family, but due to its popularity, he was able to spend some time in London training under Benjamin West. When he returned to America he painted in Philadelphia and New York City.

Description (Brief)

The lithographer of this print is Alfred Hoffy. Born in England around 1790, Hoffy became active in New York in 1835 when he drew on stone the New York City fire of December 16th. He remained active in the city until 1838 when he moved to Philadelphia. There, he produced illustrations for the United States Military Magazine (1839-1841), and was the editor of Orchardist’s Companion (1841-1843). Hoffy remained in Philadelphia until at least 1860 when he published his thirty-six color plate collection, North American Pomologist.

Date Made: 1858

Depicted: Washington, MarthaWashington, GeorgeLee, WilliamCustis, Eleanor ParkeCustis, George Washington ParkeMaker: Hoffy, Alfred M.Originator: Savage, Edward

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Subject: Chronology: 1850-1859FurnishingsMarriageUniforms, MilitaryDepicted: BlacksFamily


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Art, Peters Prints, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Peters, Harry T.. America on Stone

Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2589Catalog Number: 60.2589Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 18 1/8 in x 24 5/8 in; 46.0375 cm x 62.5475 cm


Record Id: nmah_324902

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