This exhibition catalogue delves into the war that solidified the independence of the United States of America, featuring portraits of a diverse range of participants: the major political and military figures of both America and Great Britain; the Native Americans who fought mainly on the British side of the conflict and had the most to lose; the wives of politicians and military officers in Washington, where more subtle struggles occurred; and a slave who helped save one of the nation's treasures.
Sidney Hart is the senior historian of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. He is editor of the Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and His Family (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1983-2000). Rachael L. Penman is assistant curator of "1812: A Nation Emerges" at the National Portrait Gallery. Her previous work includes "Presidents-in-Waiting" (2009) at the National Portrait Gallery and "An Artist Visits the White House Past" (2011) for The White House Historical Association. She also serves as the collections manager and special events coordinator at the Crime Museum.