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Declaration of Independence

Object Name: Broadside
Date: ca. 1820
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Medium: Silk
Dimensions: Overall: 28 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. ( 71.8 x 53.7 cm )
Place made: Europe, France, Lyon
Description: Silk lithographed broadside with a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence in a garland of the original thirteen states' seals and topped by medallion portraits of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams and flags, cornucopias, and a bald eagle; border of stars; printed in black ink on a white ground.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number: 1941.115
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Marks: printed: in center: "IN CONGRESS JULY 4TH 1776, / THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES/ of/ AMERICA/When in the course of human events..." printed: in garland: "JEFFERSON/ WASHINGTON/ ADAMS/" printed: across bottom: "To the People ofthe United States this Engraving of Declaration of Independence is most respectfully inscribed: Woodruff"

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This broadside was engraved after an original by William Woodruff, published in Philadelphia in 1818.


Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.


"American Scenes and Events on Textiles," New-York Historical Society, September 30-November 30, 1941.