Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Not Your Usual Image of Washington

This is not your usual image of General or President George Washington. This statue was commissioned by Congress in 1832 to mark the centennial of Washington's birth. It is probably fortunate that he never saw the statue. This unusual and unconventional statue of Washington was first displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building rotunda and then moved to the capitol grounds. Since 1908, it has been in the Smithsonian in one building or another. It is presently prominently displayed in the National Museum of American History.

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