Artwork

Battle of Germantown

This painting depicts a scene from the Battle of Germantown, fought on Oct. 4, 1777. On the right is a rendering of the Benjamin Chew House, where troops from the 40th British regiment held off the attacking Americans in some of the bloodiest fighting of the battle. One of the British participants in the action, Lieutenant Richard St. George Mansergh St. George of the 52nd Regiment, commissioned this painting by Xavier della Gatta in 1782 to commemorate the battle. St. George is depicted in the bottom left side of the painting being carried off the battlefield after suffering a traumatic head wound, which he survived but battled long-term consequences for the rest of his life. 

This painting is on display in Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, through March 17, 2020.