In May of 1789
Martha Washington joined her husband in New York, bringing her two youngest
grandchildren, George Washington Parke Custis and Eleanor Parke Custis, with her.
All along the route from Mount Vernon to New York City, she was greeted with
celebrations similar to those that had met the new President several weeks earlier,
including grand dinners, bands, and fireworks.
In this painting, completed in 1796, the Washington family sits around a map
of the federal city. Washington rests his arm on the shoulder of young George
Washington Parke Custis. The boy, symbolic of the next generation, rests his
hand on the globe. Martha Washington, Eleanor Parke Custis, and William Lee
complete the picture.