George Washington was America's only unanimously elected President. At the time—in the days before Washington, D.C. was the U.S. capital city—New York served that purpose and was the place where the new President took the oath of office.
This illustration depicts an engraving, by John C. McRae, which is based on an original work by Henry Brueckner. It is entitled "First in Peace. Representing the Arrival of General George Washington at the Battery, New York, April 30, 1789."
Created in 1867, many decades after the actual event, the illustration depicts an artistic interpretation of the joy-filled events surrounding Washington's first inauguration.
The print is now maintained at Mount Vernon, Washington's home along the Potomac River. Mount Vernon's curators give it this description:
This print imagines the grand and exuberant spectacle that greeted Washington as he entered New York for his first inauguration. Eyewitness accounts recalled the new president arriving on a barge rowed by thirteen men in white uniforms, surrounded by a crowd cheering wildly and ships firing thirteen-gun salutes.
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"First in Peace. Representing the Arrival of General George Washington at the Battery, New York, April 30, 1789," engraved by John C. McRae, after Henry Brueckner (Mount Vernon Ladies' Association). Online via Mount Vernon.
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