The American Revolution: A World War was a ground breaking exhibition that ran at the National Museum of American History during the summer of 2019.
The exhibition examined the 1781 victory at Yorktown and the Franco-American partnership that made it possible. The centerpiece of the exhibition included two paintings created by Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe as copies of those presented to King Louis XVI.
The exhibition featured The Siege of Yorktown and The Surrender of Yorktown, both painted in 1786, and George Washington’s early 1780s portrait by Charles Willson Peale, united for the first time in a national museum since their display together in the 1700s.
The exhibition and the history behind it were examined in the Smithsonian Magazine.