The Siege of Yorktown
Revolutionary War
Partner Event

The American Revolution: A World War

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June 23, 2018-July 9, 2019
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue, NW
Between 12th and 14th Streets
Washington, DC 20013

View the American Revolution through a global lens in The American Revolution: A World War, which examines the 1781 victory at Yorktown and the Franco-American partnership that made it possible. The exhibition features the paintings The Siege of Yorktown and The Surrender of Yorktown, created by Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe in 1786 as copies of those presented to King Louis XVI, and George Washington’s early 1780s portrait by Charles Willson Peale, united for the first time in a national museum since their display together in the 1700s. They appeared in the Comte de Rochambeau’s chamber as a reminder of the French general’s partnership with the American general.