"Father, I cannot tell a lie: I cut the tree"
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DescriptionGenre scene of the fictitious moment when the young George Washington confesses to his father, Augustine, a plantation owner, that he cut a cherry tree on their Virginia plantation. Depicts Washington's father holding his son's hand and comforting him. George looks up at his father and points his left hand towards the cut tree in the right. On the ground is an ax and an upturned hat. In the background, an enslaved African American man plows the pasture with a team of oxen, and an enslaved African American man and woman couple stands near the gate of a cottage, probably their dwelling.; Painted by G.G. White; Eng[raved by] John McRae.; Title from date.; Date based on the active dates of engraver.
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- African American Couples
- African American Men
- African American Women
- African Americans
- Cherry Trees
- Childhood And Youth
- Genre Prints
- Washington, Augustine, Approximately 1694 1743
- Washington, George, 1732 1799