There is more than one version of this painting, some sources refer to two versions, which are in existence today, and other sources refer to three, which include the original version that was destroyed.
Behind Washington are two figures holding a large flag composed of red and white stripes and white stars. This is a reference to the American flag, also referred to as “Stars and Stripes”, which was only designed and used in 1777.
Notice Leutze’s use of different brushstrokes to convey texture. Smoother brushstrokes for the men’s clothing, the wooden oars, the sky, as well as the water are used, which contrast with thicker strokes.