Doolittle's extremely rare engraving celebrates George Washington's indispensable role in the formation and future success of our nation's federal government. A chain of state seals connected by the Great Seal of the United States encircles Washington, and corresponds to his belief that "our Assemblies in Politics are to be compared to the Wheels of a Clock…if all will do their parts the Machine works easy; but a failure in one disorders the whole, and without the large one…nothg. can be done."

This print did not belong to George Washington, and no evidence exists which indicates he ever owned a copy.


March 1794




Ink, watercolor on paper


Overall: 21 1/16 in. x 16 15/16 in. (53.5 cm x 43.02 cm)

Credit Line

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

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Colors (Beta)

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