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Washington crossing painting on display

Cove Neck Artist Mort Kunstler discusses his painting

Cove Neck Artist Mort Kunstler discusses his painting entitled "Washington's Crossing at McKonkey's Ferry" with historian David Hackett Fischer, an expert on the crossing and battle. Mr.Kunstler's painting was on display this evening at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan. The painting was commissioned last year by former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and it comes on the anniversary of the daring 1776 attack on Trenton where General Washington led soldiers through icy waters and the fear of the unknown, a situation which has been perfectly captured by Mr. Kunstler. (Dec. 26, 2011) Credit: Steven Sunshine

A painting hailed as the most accurate depiction ever of George Washington crossing the Delaware River — done by Cove Neck artist Mort Künstler and commissioned by former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi — is set to have its first Long Island exhibition.

“Washington’s Crossing at McKonkey’s Ferry,” which Künstler finished last year, is to be publicly shown at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor until though Feb. 26.

The painting, on loan from Suozzi, will be displayed in the museum’s upstairs gallery in what may be the only chance for the public to view it on Long Island, said museum spokeswoman Doris Meadows.

Museum director Karl Emil Willers said in a statement, “We are very pleased to have this work for Presidents’ Week and thank the Suozzis for sharing it with the people of Long Island.”

Suozzi, a history buff, commissioned the painting for more than $50,000 in part to correct errors in the famous 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze.

Künstler’s interpretation of Washington’s 1776 crossing, among other differences, includes a stormier sky and depicts the general standing in a ferry rather than a rowboat.

The painting was recently shown at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan.

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