Rare George Washington Textile
Intricately decorated monochrome copper plate print on a handkerchief, 18 x 25 in. (sight), commemorating the death of the first president of the United States. The image is based on an engraving by Cornelius Tiebout (1773-1832), after a drawing by Charles Buxton. Charles Smith published the print in 1873 in New York and dedicated it to the Congress of the United States. Housed in 19 x 26 in. frame. See Collins, Threads of History, fig. 54.
On the handkerchief, Washington holds a scroll of his first inaugural speech while firmly standing atop of the pedestal where a statue of George III once stood. A multitude of political allegories surround the pedestal and an urn inscribed Sacred/To/Patriotism. Beyond the stone memorial are ships, forts, and the Kennedy house, No.1 Broadway that represent his prolific military career as a soldier and sailor. Two inscriptions of his life and contributions hang above the scene, the excerpt on the right reads:
He was First in Peace, First in the Hearts of the AMERICANS, / First in the Eyes of the World; He was unrivalled as a Statesman, /in the Hearts of his Countrymen, Admired by the Enlightened of all/ Lands; Immortalized by his own great Actions and the Regrets of/ Mankind – Why doth America weep? Why are her Courts and her/ Churches covered with funeral Black? Why are her Sons Clad/ in Sable and appointed to a long Mourning? / - Senator! It is because He, who gave Stability/ to our Constitution, and Energy to our/ Councils. He, who was the Guardian/ of our Rights, and our/ Liberties, is now/ Withdrawn.
But all is not lost for providence survives.
Browning of the cloth and some minor cases of foxing on the top margin.