Curtains (4) and textile fragments (4)
Four cotton copper-engraved curtains and four related textile fragments with the apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin depicted in red 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; curtains with linen lining.
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
printed: on banner held by Franklin: WHERE LIBERTY / DWELLS THERE IS / MY COUNTRY"
printed: on temple frieze: "TEMPLE OF FAME"
printed: on shield held by allegorical figure seated next to Washington: "AMERICAN / INDEPEND- / -ANCE. / 1776"
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