Washington's Three Hour Dance with Mrs. General Greene, at Middlebrook, March 1779
Graphite on beige paper
Overall: 9 1/8 x 5 15/16 in. ( 23.2 x 15.1 cm )
inscription: lower edge: "a 3 hour dance with Mrs [?] Greene, at Middle brook / For Barton's GW - / -NO- / 1778" stamped: on back: "GIFT OF THE ESTATE OF / HARRY A. OGDEN, THROUGH / CHARLES H. MESSINGER, EXECUTOR / OCTOBER 20, 1936"
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "a 3 hour dance with Mrs. Gen'l Greene, at Middle brook / 1778"
W. S. Baker, in "Itinerary of General Washington, 1775-1783" (1892), cites General Greene to Colonel Wadsworth: "March 19--We had a little dance at my quarters a few evenings past. His Excellency and Mrs. Greene danced upwards of three hours without one sitting down." The headquarters of General Greene were located at this time in the Van Veghten house, midway between Bound Brook and Somerville, on the bank of the Raritan River.
Gift of the Estate of Harry A. Ogden
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