William Pate. “Washington’s Last Interview with his Mother.”
New York; Boston: William Pate; L. A. Elliot & Co., 1860. 24 x 17 7/8. Steel engraving. Repaired tear in bottom margin. Smudge in image at top. Scuffing and soiling in margins. Else, fine condition.
The scene is Fredericksburg, Virginia where George Washington went to visit his aging mother prior to assuming the presidency of the United States. As he performed his filial duty she told him that she did not have long to live, and she blessed him and his mission. An interesting period piece with good interior detail. Many retrospective historical prints like this were issued around the period of the Civil War as part of the myth making of American history. This print is typical of the type, and it provides not only a visually interesting document, but one that tells us more about the period when it was issued than of the period depicted.