Overall: 37 x 30 1/2 in. ( 94 x 77.5 cm )
Cotton copper-engraved textile fragment with a personification of America presenting medallions with images of George Washington and his staff to a personification of Liberty on an altar holding a staff topped by a liberty cap, with George Washington being crowned with laurel wreath by a winged-Victory and cupids in clouds above; printed in red on a white ground.
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
printed: all over: "WASHINGTON AND/ INDEPENDENCE/ AMERICA PRESENTING AT THE/ ALTER OF LIBERTY MEDALLIONS/ OF HER ILLUSTRIOUS SONS/ GEN GATES/ GEN REED/ GEN WASHINGTON/ B. FRANKLIN/ ..."
This printed textile, intended for use as window curtains, bed hangings or upholstery, depicts the allegorical figure of America presenting Liberty with medallion portraits of thirteen heroes of American independence, including Benjamin Franklin. George Washington is shown crowned by the winged figure of Victory. The design of this textile is based upon the following prints: "General Washington" engraved by Valentine Green from the original painting by Trumball, published in London, 1781; medallion portraits from the drawings of Pierre Eugune du Simitiere and engraved by Benoit Louis Prevost, Burnett Reading, and B.B.E., and published by William Richardson, London 1783 and R. Wilkenson, London 1783; medallion portrait of Franklin from the engraving byHeath. The portrait of Adams cannot be traced.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.