Young Colonel George Washington

This is the final artwork for the Colonel George Washington illustration. We see young Washington, aged 26, as he spots Wynonah for the first time, lowering his spyglass to see her with unaided eyes.

Much research was involved in the creation of this image-- from forensic analysis of his skull and scientific reconstructions of the younger version of him that we are unaccustomed to seeing-- to the buttons on his Virginia Regiment uniform. The spyglass is based on one he actually owned, which I saw in person while doing research at Mount Vernon.

A terrible mistake happened during the creation of the drawing in which his face turned purple after an application of solvent. Luckily this was fixed with some sanding and erasing. I hope you like the final result!

See one of many early concept sketches for this image here.