Miniature Painting: The Surrender of Yorktown

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  • Artist: Louis Nicholas van Blarenberghe; After work by: Louis-Alexandre Berthier and Charles-Louis Berthier
  • Paris, France
  • 1785
  • Gouache on paper; gilt metal frame
  • Acquisition partially funded by the Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections
  • 2003-8,2

This is one of a pair of meticulously rendered watercolors depicting the Siege and Surrender of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War. Based on drawings by Alexandre and César Berthier, eye-witnesses to the battles and draftsmen under Rochambeau, each miniature measures only 3 1/8 inches in diameter and illustrates over 300 individual figures.

Signed and dated: "van Blarenberghe 1785" on lower left of card.

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