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"Sacred to the Memory of the Illustrious G. Washington"

1971.628 (RS117653)

Description

This black and white engraving is a memento mori for George Washington. The scene contains the monument, two mourning figures (one male, one female), and a female allegorical figure with an anchor representing hope and remembrance. The monument has a short rectangular base with a pyramid above. Mounted on the pyramid side is a portrait medallion flanked by laurel branches with "G. Washington" engraved below. Engraved on base of monument is "There is/Rest in/HEAVEN." Behind the monument is a weeping willow tree. The scene is circular and encircled by three decorative bands. The background corners have a geometric brick-like pattern. The pine frame is covered with pressed tin and embossed with a repeating leaf pattern on the outer border and a beaded inner border.

Details

Maker
Clarke, T. (Engraver)
Date
1801
Inscriptions
At the bottom of the outer band, following the circular pattern: ""SACRED to the MEMORY of the ILLUSTRIOUS G. WASHINGTON."" On the inner circular band: ""T. Clarke Sculpr. 1801 Boston.""
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
engraving (printing process)
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Allegory
allegory (artistic device)
Anchor
Death
deaths
engraving (printing process)
engravings (prints)
Monument
monuments
Mourning
mourning
Neoclassical
paper (fiber product)
Picture
Stipple Engraved
Unidentified Paper
Willow
willow (wood)
People and organizations
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Dimensions
9 1/2 x 9 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.628
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5265

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