"One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees
in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image personifies and testifies to our Founders' dependence
upon Divine Providence during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle."
Ronald Reagan, President (1981-1989)
Image size: 17"x27"
Overall Size: 21" X 31"
Designed for custom gallery framing. Lithograph on archival paper.
Includes certificate, and 1 1/2 x 5 brass plaque with
George Washington's prayer.
"I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act
of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection
of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into His holy keeping."
Price: $100 (plus shipping & handling) - Call 360-452-5207 to order.
(Add $5 for brass plaque with II Chronicles 7:11 in lieu of GW prayer)
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face,and turn from their wicked ways;
The Man Behind the Painting
A look at Arnold Friberg, the painter of "The Prayer at Valley Forge"
As a former Canadian mountie I had occasion to become acquainted with the name, Arnold Friberg who is the only American to be given the honor of becoming an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Friberg became a famous painter of mounties for the Northwest Paper Company and their popular calendar which always depicted the legends of the Northwest Mounted Police, now known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While serving as a member, I started collecting numerous signed reproductions of these works of which some now hang in the library and upstairs parlor here at the inn. Mr. Friberg received invitations from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to come to Buckingham Palace to paint her and Prince Charles along with their horses. What finer artist could be found who has more experience and skill in painting horses?
Arnold Friberg's "The Prayer at Valley Forge" has become a classic among American patriotic art. The original is currently on display at Mount Vernon. Click here for more information on this famous painting's display at George Washington's home which was created to commemorate the United States’ bicentennial celebration in 1776.
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Watch and listen to what the artist has to say about his now famous painting of George Washington kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge.
A summary in the artist's words:
"Since I was a boy, I have revered George Washington. At age 12, I drew what I thought a fine picture of him astride his white horse. Along with learning the American legend of his praying at Valley Forge, this deep inspiration of boyhood was never to leave me.
And so it was that I waited many years to picture him again, in prayer now, in the snow, dismounted from his strong horse – only this time in the full power and richness of oil colors.
To prepare for this painting, to ensure accuracy in trees and landscape, I made a pilgrimage to Valley Forge, in the dead of winter. In the summer the place is filled with visitors. But now, in the snows of February, it was deserted, the wind moaning through the great trees – silent, lonely, cold. It was a cold that chilled to the bone, a cold that froze my fingers until I could no longer sketch nor even snap my camera.
To ensure accuracy in man-made things, I sought out whatever museums, collections, libraries, or informed individuals could offer on horse gear or uniform. At the Smithsonian Military History Museum, I made minutely accurate sketches from the very uniform worn by Washington.
As for facial likeness, I studied every portrait ever sketched, carved or painted from life. But always keeping in mind how cold and raw-boned he must have looked during that winter encampment.
But such research, vital as it is, provides only physical facts. What I really tried for was, through the medium of paint, to recall the pain, the cold of that cruel winter of 1777-78. I sought to pay tribute to the tall and heavy-burdened man who alone held our struggling nation together.
For, while the British grew fat and warm and well fed in Philadelphia, it was the man Washington who stayed with his starving and freezing army through that dreadful winter at Valley Forge. It was in desperation that he wrote to the governor of New Jersey, “Our sick naked, our well naked, our unfortunate men in captivity naked!” With his own countrymen indifferent to their condition, where else could he turn but to God?
It is my hope that coming through this picture will once again whisper the spirit of Valley Forge, of suffering and devotion and pain, of liberty, and of the hand of God in the affairs of men."
These life-size busts were created from an original wood carving by master woodcraftsman Eugene Landon, inspired by the famous "life mask" of George Washington fashioned in 1786 by Jean Antoine Houdin. Houdin's work has been considered by many to portray the most accurate likeness of Washington.