In 1818 and 1819, landscape artist Joshua Shaw traveled throughout the eastern seaboard of the United States to sketch the "most prominent beauties of notable scenery." Soon after, he commissioned John Hill to translate the scenes into prints. Of the eighteen images after Shaw's sketches, only one was dedicated to a burial site. It illustrates George Washington's original sepulcher, or tomb. Following his internment in 1799, people from around the world traveled to visit Washington's final resting place. This image speaks to the landmark's importance as a site of pilgrimage. More





  • Published - United States


Ink, watercolor on paper, aquatint with line etching, hand-colored


Overall (sheet): 18 in. x 11 3/8 in. (45.72 cm x 28.96 cm)
Other (image): 14 3/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (36.53 cm x 25.7 cm)


Gift of Alexander W. Weddell, 1946


Centered etching under the image: "WASHINGTON'S SEPULCHRE MOUNT VERNON / Published by M. Carey & Son Philadelphia."


Etching at lower left, under the plate impression: "Painted by J. Shaw."
Etching at the lower right, under the plate impression: "Engraved by J. Hill."

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