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The American Star (George Washington)

Artist:
Frederick Kemmelmeyer (ca. 1755–1821)
Date:
ca. 1803
Medium:
Oil and gold leaf on paper
Dimensions:
22 x 17 3/4 in. (55.9 x 45.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1962
Accession Number:
62.256.7
Not on view
This picture glorifies Washington's achievements as a soldier, statesman, and Freemason by surrounding him with weapons, symbols of nationhood, and a Masonic shield. His association with the star has numerous connotations, including his being a source of guidance or a light in the darkness.
Signature: [at right]: F. Kemmelmeyer / Pinxit

Inscription: [as part of design]: SEMPER ACTA PROBATA / THE AMERICAN STAR / GENL: GEOE: WASHINGTON / First in War. / First in Peace. / First in defence / of / our Country / Independence / of / AMERICA / July 4th 1776; [on flag] U.S.
Massachusetts art market, 1959; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1959–1962
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