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Horizontally oriented rectangular composition depicting a landscape scene centered on a large monument. The upper section of the monument is pyramidal shaped and displays on its face the lettering: “SACRED TO / THE MEMORy / OF GEN. GEO. / WASHINGTOn / DIED, DEC. 14, / 1799. AGED 67”. The plinth has concave sides, one urn at its left upper corner, and on its face a portrait of George Washington, after the Gilbert Stuart “Athenaeum” portrait, in an oval cartouche; below the portrait is the lettering: “The willows weep and sorrowing wave, / In memory of the Illustrious brave.” Standing at the right of the monument is a woman with angel wings, dressed in a long gown; she tilts her head and with her right hand holds a handkerchief to her eye; her left hand holds a flaming torch. A weeping willow tree stands behind and over the monument; in the left background is the front portion of a steepled church or meeting house; in the right middle ground is the prow of a large sailing ship flying an American flag with 13 stripes and 18 stars. The entire composition is composed of very fine engraved lines. Below the image is the lettering, in script: “Engraved and published by Miss S. Wood, Woodstock, Vt” on the left and "With the privilege of [missing]" on the right.

Date

1818


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Ink on paper; engraving


Dimensions

Overall (image): 16 3/4 in. × 21 5/8 in. × 1/16 in. (42.55 cm × 54.93 cm × 0.16 cm)
Overall (sheet): 17 in. × 21 11/16 in. (43.18 cm × 55.09 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the Connoisseur Society of Mount Vernon, 2016


Signed

Engraved and published by S. Wood, Woodstock, Vt


Object Number

M-5490


Colors


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