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Object Name: Textile fragment
Date: ca. 1830
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 31 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. ( 79.4 x 64.1 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Cotton roller-printed textile fragment with a central portrait medallion of Andrew Jackson with an American bald eagle to his right, a frigate (U.S.S. Constitution) to his left, and portraits of the first six presidents of the United States below; all on a ground of clouds; printed in blue ink on a white ground.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number: 1941.105
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Marks: printed: around medallion: "SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE ARMY & NAVY * PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM MARCH 4 1829 T0" printed: below portraits: "THOMAS JEFFERSON/ PRESIDENT FROM 1801 TO 1809/ JOHN Q ADAMS/ PRESIDENT FROM 1825 TO 1829/ JAMES MONROE/ PRESIDENT FROM 1817 TO 1825/ WASHINGTON/ PRESIDENT FROM 1789 TO 1797/ JAMES MADISON/ PRESIDENT FROM 1809 TO 1817/ JOHN ADAMS/ PRESIDENT FROM 1797 TO 1801"

Gallery Label:

This textile was adapted from an earlier French toile with the inscription "Les Presidents des Etats-Unis." The French version includes the eagle, but the frigate and Jackson are not printed.

Bibliography:

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

Montgomery, Florence M. Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850. New York: Viking, 1970.

Exhibitions:

"If Elected: The Game of American Politics," New-York Historical Society, July 4, 2008-January 11, 2009.

"Campaigns on Cotton," New-York Historical Society, June 22-November 3, 2004.

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