The landscapes of three artists, Jasper Cropsey, Asher Durand, and James Renwick Brevoort, paintings on view at the Museum, inspired Frohawk’s scenic work for this exhibition, which also include almost a dozen new pieces among them .Also new to Frohawk’s story and the Hudson Valley is a Trojan Horse.
Images of Washington often show him an elder statesman, bringing peace and stability to the new nation of the United States after the turmoil of its Revolutionary War.
The Museum complements these images with early books and prints that illustrate his life in many aspects and the popular perceptions of him after his death. Coates and on the covers of popular media in the 1930s that celebrated the Bicentennial of Washington’s birth in poster art and merchandising; third, Portraits, foremost the Gilbert Stuart painting as well as engravings such as the famous “Porthole” engraving from , circa 1870; and, last, Washington as Man or Myth, illustrated here in the famous myth: “Father I Cannot Tell a Lie, I Cut the Tree,” in the 1867 engraving by George White.
Both leaders were continually linked together in the public’s perception as seen in a pair of 1860s’ engravings based on paintings by F. An 1865 Currier and Ives lithograph pictures Washington (The Father) and Lincoln (The Saviour) of the country.
The combination of the magnificent Gilbert Stuart loan with the art and popular culture collections from the Museum’s holdings tells much about how we view and remember historical figures.
People tend to turn to Washington and look for his image during trying times such as Washington’s own death in 1799 and during the Civil War in the 1860s as well as in times of celebration at the Centennial of the United States in 1876, and the Bicentennial of Washington’s birth in 1932. The successful visual promotion of Washington to his public was adopted by the presidents who followed as they sought visual presence before the public.
By Abraham Lincoln’s time from 1861 to 1865, photographs like paintings less than a century before became the vehicle for showing the president at work. In each, the president is seated, his wife and children surrounding him, a grouping that reflects the 19th-century’s idealization of domestic life and that society’s desire to see its leaders as moral men.
For this exhibition, Gilbert Stuart’s famous painting, , on loan to the Museum, as well as the Museum’s collection of artifacts and engravings show this leader in images beautiful, respectful, and, sometimes, flamboyant, that were made to frame our vision of him and charge our patriotism and memories.
George Washington was painted three times by American painter Gilbert Stuart between 17.
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