Ed Vebell (American, 1921 – 2018) “Washington At Valley Forge” Signed lower right. Original Acrylic painting on Masonite.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for Epic Events in American History series issued in 1985.
As a chapter in the military history of the American Revolution, Valley Forge was negligible. As a chapter in American story and legend, tradition and symbol, it contributed more than any other in the history of the war. The Washington whose memory still quickens the pulses of Americans is not so much the soldier who commanded at Yorktown or even the President who presided over the birth of the republic, but the General who somehow held together a neglected army, starving and desperate on the wintry hills of Valley Forge all through the bitter winter and spring of 1777-78. General Howe had captured Philadelphia — only twenty miles east of Valley Forge. When Washington and his troops arrived at Valley Forge on December 19, 1777, what they had to face was, luckily, not a powerful and well-equipped army, but lack of food, clothing, shoes, blankets, housing, and medical supplies to cope with the breakdown of the commissary and the threat of pneumonia, typhus and smallpox. When, in the late spring of ’78, Howe finally evacuated Philadelphia for New York, Washington was able to pursue him and at Monmouth Court House fight the British to a standstill. With that reversal of roles, with the American victory at Saratoga and with news of the French Alliance, the tide of the Revolutionary War turned.
Image Size: 20 x 21 in.
Overall Size: 24 x 26.75 in.