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Object Name: Curtain
Date: 1783
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Medium: Cotton, linen
Dimensions: Overall: 88 x 30 x 1 in. ( 223.5 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm )
Place made: Europe, England
Description: Cotton copperplate-printed curtain with a personification of America presenting medallions with images of George Washington and his staff to a personification of Liberty on an altar holding a staff topped by a liberty cap, with George Washington being crowned with laurel wreath by a winged-Victory and cupids in clouds above; printed in red on a white ground; linen lining.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1939.6
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Marks: printed: all over: "WASHINGTON AND/ INDEPENDENCE/ AMERICA PRESENTING AT THE/ ALTER OF LIBERTY MEDALLIONS/ OF HER ILLUSTRIOUS SONS/ GEN GATES/ GEN REED/ GEN WASHINGTON/ B. FRANKLIN/ ..."

Gallery Label:

The design of this textile is based upon the following prints: "General Washington" engraved by Valentine Green from the original painting by Trumbull, published in 1781, London; medallion portraits from the drawings of Pierre Eugune du Simitiere and engraved by Benoit Louis Prevost, Burnett Reading, and B.B.E., and published by William Richardson, London 1783 and R. Wilkenson, London 1783; medallion portrait of Franklin from the engraving Heath. The portrait of Adams can not be traced.

Provenance:

The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman