Calligraphic memorial honoring George Washington. At the top of the sheet is a Bible open to the beginning of Genesis with a compass and square laying on top of it. Below this is a scroll with the Declaration of Independence on it, flanked by two calligraphy eagles. Below this a portrait of George Washington near the top of the sheet, in which he is facing to the left, wearing a black coat, a jabot, and a saw tooth edge ribbon in his hair. Above the portrait is another calligraphy eagle, and the portrait is surrounded by oak branches with acorns. Further down the sheet is another scroll with the Constitution written on it, and surrounding this are four calligraphy doves.






Ink on paper, stippled engraving


Overall (H x W): 23 15/16 in. × 18 15/16 in. (60.8 cm × 48.1 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 18 1/8 in. × 13 1/2 in. (46.04 cm × 34.29 cm)

Credit Line

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


Printed on sheet as main text in block, italic, and cursive script: "In/Memory/of the/Illustrious Champion of Liberty/General George/Washington/First/President/of the/ United States/of/America".
Printed on top left of sheet in italic script: "Vive la Plum."
Printed top right of sheet in italic script: "Vive Nomen."
Printed above portrait in italic script: "E Pluribus Unum.:
Printed on left side of portrait in italic script: "John Adam./Vice President./John Jay/Chief Justice/Secretary of War/HenryKnox."
Printed on right side of portrait in italic script: "Thomas Jefferson/Secy. of State/ Alex. Hamilton/Secy. Treasury./Ed. Randolph./Atty. Gen."
Printed below portrait on left side in italic script: "Born Feb 22d./1732./Inaugurated/ Apl. 30th. 1789."
Printed below portrait on right side in italic script: "Apt. Comdr./in Chief. June 14th. 1775./Died/Dec. 17th. 1799."
Printed below image on left in block text: "Written by Pratt, Spencer & Rice."
Printed below image on right in block text: "Eng. by Sherman & Smith N. Y."
Printed below image centered in italic script: "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1853 by Pratt, Rice & Tilden. In the District Court of the United States for the Northern Distict of New York."

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