Framed print of George Washington
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Wood and papier mache oval frame. Molded flowers at compass points. Remnants of scallop molding on rim, contains portrait of George Washington. He wears a dark suit with white shirt and high collar. He holds a sword in his left hand. L 18" x W 16". In Frank Leslie's drawings of the Lincolns' front parlor, oval portraits are visible above the mantle but the subjects are not clear. To recreate the accurate appearance of the parlor, a set of portraits of President & Mrs. Washington were chosen. Mr. Lincoln admired Washington and referred to him in his 1861 farewell address to his friends in Springfield: "I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." For the full text of the speech see http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/farewell.htm American Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities 16 History; 25-27 Fine Arts
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Washington, George, 1732-1799
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