Jean Leon Gerome Ferris: The Call of the Sea

This painting, entitled The Call of the Sea, by the American artist Jean Leon Gerome Ferris depicts George Washington at the age of 15, when he decided to enlist in the British Navy. His mother sits behind him entreating him not to go. Ultimately, she prevailed. For the full-sized downloadable version of this image, go to our public domain image gallery.

The Call of the Sea