Recruiting Peter Stuyvesants’s Army for the Recapture of Fort Casimir

Albertus del Orient Browere (1814–1887)


Oil on canvas

Gift of Sewell C. Biggs; 1998.2

Paintings depicting historic scenes of national importance legitimized America as a great nation with a growing noble past. These pictures grew in popularity as a result, with artists painting images of the Revolutionary War and numerous portraits of George Washington, the quintessential American hero. They also recorded many local military and historic events, like this painting, which features Delaware’s Dutch colonists preparing to reclaim Fort Casimir in New Castle from the controlling Swedes in 1654.