This painting describes the historic moment when General George Washington led
the American revolutionary troops across the Delaware River in order to surprise the English and Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton the day after Christmas in 1776. Keep in mind that this
reproduction is small: the original painting is more than 12 feet high and 21 feet long! Click on the image to see a larger reproduction. The artist Emanuel Leutze used a number of elements to
express an emotional and patriotic message about this event.