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New York museum to unveil more accurate picture of Washington crossing the Delaware in 1776
NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York museum is unveiling a more accurate version of one of America's most famous scenes, George Washington crossing the Delaware River.
The new painting shows Washington on a flat-bottomed ferry instead of the rowboat seen in the famous 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze (LOY-tzuh).
The New York Times says ( http://nyti.ms/u3ccjY ) the new picture shows his troops in the dead of night during a snowstorm, while the original shows a bright sky. It also eliminates the stars-and-stripes flag, which hadn't been adopted yet.
Washington crossed the river on Christmas 1776 to mount a surprise attack on Hessian forces at the Battle of Trenton.
Artist Mort Kunstler painted the new picture. It debuts Monday at the New-York Historical Society. Leutze's painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com