Memorial image honoring George Washington showing an oval portrait of Washington hung on an obelisk. Standing in front of the obelisk is a woman leaning on the base of the obelisk wrapped in robes and weeping. Below the obelisk at left is an eagle with wings extended and its head turned down. In the background are willow trees and a beam of light shining on a obelisk in the center. The obelisk has a funurary urn at the top, and a sword and olive branch crossed on the bottom. In the middle is a portrait of George Washington facing to the right with a plaque below him and a laurel wreath above him.

Baker 400, Hart 147

Date

January 20, 1800


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Ink on paper, engraving


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 15 in. × 7 3/4 in. (38.1 cm × 19.69 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 11 3/4 in. × 7 3/8 in. (29.85 cm × 18.73 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, 1985


Marks

Engraved below portrait centered in block script: "G. Washington."
Engraved below portrait centered in block script: "Born 11th Feb. O. S. 1732./Comr. Contl. Army 1775./Pres. Fed. Convention 1787./Prest. United States 1789./ Declined Election 1796./Comr. Fedr. Army 1796."
Printed below image centered in cursive and block script: "America lamenting her loss at the tomb of/General Washington".
Printed below image centered in cursive script: "Intended as a Tribute of respect paid to departed Merit & Virtue in the rememberance of that illustrious Hero of & most Amiable man who died Dec. 14 1799."
Printed below image centered in italic script: "Designed, Engraved & Published by Akin & Harrison Junr. Philada. Jany. 20th 1800."


Object Number

SC-16


Colors


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