28" x 21" oil
As tension between England and France builds, the Government of Virginia sends an enthusiastic 21 year old officer to deliver a polite but forceful request to the French to leave the Ohio Valley. After a cold and arduous journey, the young officer reaches his destination. With the confidence of youth he presents the English request to the French commander at Ft. LeBoeuf. French officers gather and translate virtues of both the message and the messenger, Major George Washington. As the two nations begin the contest of dominion, shadows of the third nation loom ominously in the doorway.
Reproductions of this painting were produced.