Washington Monument Commemorative Ribbon

Object Number: 
INV.5476
Date: 
1847
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. ( 19 x 7.9 cm )
Description: 
White silk copper engraved ribbon with central image of George Washington surrounded by neo-classical floral motif frame surmounted by curling acanthus leaves; printed beneath portrait bust "In Commemoration of laying/ the CORNER STONE of the/ WASHINGTON MONUMENT./ Oct.r. 19th 1847." Pinked edges.
Gallery Label: 
This ribbon commemorates the laying of the first cornerstone of the Washington Monument in 1847. Major construction took place between 1847-56 and 1876-84, although plans for a national monument began as early as 1783. The President's death in 1799 rekindled public interest in the previously proposed memorial, and with the leadership of John Marshall and James Madison, a 1936 design competition chose architect Robert Mills' neoclassically inspired obelisk and collonade design for the memorial.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group