Apotheosis of Franklin

Apotheosis of Franklin
Title
Apotheosis of Franklin
Date 
1944
Medium 
Linen
Dimensions 
Overall: 41 1/2 x 37 in. ( 105.4 x 94 cm )
Description 
Linen printed textile fragment with the apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin depicted in green on white ground; additional figures include a personification of liberty standing next to Franklin and a female warrior holding a shield with thirteen stars floating in the air on his opposite side, George Washington standing upright in a chariot drawn by a pair of leopards and led by two Native Americans blowing trumpets and waving banners, and a pair of cupids holding between them an oval map showing the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern half of North America.
Credit Line 
Gift of John S. Kebabian
Object Number 
1944.159
Marks 
printed: on banner held by Franklin: WHERE LIBERTY / DWELLS THERE IS / MY COUNTRY" printed: on shield held by allegorical figure seated next to Washington: "AMERICAN / INDEPEND- / -ANCE. / 1776"
Gallery Label 
This textile fragment is a modern reproduction of an old pattern in the Society's collection (1937.514).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group