Memorial image dedicated to George Washington, depicting an oval portrait of Washington hung at the center of a puramidal monument, surrounded by allegorical figures. The scene is set against a dark background with an arch overhead. On top of the memorial is an urn and two cherubs, one holding a pole with a Liberty cap, the other holding a mirror, and both supporting a garland of laurels. Below them is Fame, a figure with wings holding a trumpet to its mouth with a banner hanging from it. With her other hand she holds a laurel wreath that surrounds the inscription on the memorial. To the right of fame is a cherub holding Athena's aegis, while just below, Athena holds up a full bust portrait of Washington. To the left of the portrait is another cherub holding a helm, with a cannon, drums and cannonballs visible next to him. Below the cherub sits America, whose head is turned away from the rest of the scene, while one hand extends to point at the plaque at the bottom of the engraving. In the foreground stands a soldier weeping, with his musket laid on the ground.
Baker 403, Hart 201
Ink on paper, stipple engraving
Overall (H x W): 1 3/4 in. × 8 3/4 in. (4.45 cm × 22.23 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 12 13/16 in. × 8 13/16 in. (32.54 cm × 22.38 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, 1985
Engraved on banner held by Fame in block script: "Trenton/ Princetown/ Monmouth/ Yorktown."
Engraved on memorial above portrait in block script: "Pater Patriae."
Engraved below portrait in block script: "Sacred to the Memory of the/ truly Illustrious/ George Washington, Renowed in/ War, Great in the Senate, and/ possessed of every Qualification/ to render him worthy the Title of/ a Great and Good Man."
Engraved below portrait in block script: "Born Feb. 22. 1732. Ob. Dec. 14, 1799."
Printed below image on left in block script: "Painted by John Coles jun."
Printed below image on right in block script: "Engd. by E. G. Gridley."
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