The American Revolution: A World War

Detail of the painting The Siege of Yorktown

The American Revolution: A World War viewed the American Revolution through a global lens and examined the 1781 victory at Yorktown and the Franco-American partnership that made it possible. The exhibition featured the paintings The Siege of Yorktown and The Surrender of Yorktown, created by Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe in 1786 as copies of those presented to King Louis XVI, and George Washington’s early 1780s portrait by Charles Willson Peale, united for the first time in a national museum since their display together in the 1700s. They appeared in the Comte de Rochambeau’s chamber as a reminder of the French general’s partnership with the American general.