Scenes from the American Revolution: The French "Soissonnais" Regiment Being Reviewed at Philadelphia by President Washington and Congress, 1781

Object Number: 
c. 1916
Watercolor, gouache, black ink, and graphite on board
Overall: 21 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. ( 55.2 x 43.8 cm ) mat: 28 x 22 in. ( 71.1 x 55.9 cm )
Verso inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Soissonnais Reg't / being reviewed in / Phila. by the President / & Congress 1781. On way / to Yorktown"
Gallery Label: 
This is an unfinished study, of which a similar verson was painted by Lefferts for Rodman Wanamaker in 1916. On September 5, 1781, with the arrival of the French army in Philadelphia on its way to entrap Cornwallis at Yorktown, the Soissonnais regiment went through its parade maneuvers on the Commons outside the city in the presence of the president of the Continental Congress, the minister from France, and the Comte de Rochambeau, commander of French forces in America.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group