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‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ at auction at Christie’s in May – SABC News

The famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, which hung in the White House from the 1970s to 2014, is up for auction next month, when it is estimated to raise about $ 20 million.

The 1851 oil painting is one of three versions painted by Emanuel Leutze of the man who would become the first American president to lead troops during an important moment of the American Revolution. But two survive.

The first version was destroyed during a World War II air strike in Germany, said American Art specialist Paige Kestenman at Christie’s New York.

“The second is the monumental work that is the centerpiece of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the third is this work here,” Kestenman said.

The version at New York’s Met measures 12.4 ft x 21.25 ft (3.78 mx 6.48 m). The painting, which went on sale on May 12, is smaller – about 3 ft (0.9 m) by 6 ft (1.83 m). It had hung in the White House for decades, especially in the reception area of ​​the West Wing.

The work depicts George Washington leading soldiers across the Delaware River to surprise the infantry hiding on the other side on Christmas Eve, 1776, Kestenman said.

“A German-born American immigrant, Leutze was also a staunch abolitionist and in ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ he deliberately included a variety of figures that form the crucible that formed the American nation,” Kestenman said.

She pointed to a Black soldier, another soldier wearing a Scottish hood, and moccasins and buckskin clothing that suggest the American West and Native Americans.

‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ at auction at Christie’s in May – SABC News

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