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Apotheosis of George Washington

Heinrich Weishaupt (German, 1810–1883)
After Samuel Moore (American (?), active 19th century)
Johann M. von Hermann (Austrian, Vienna 1793–1855 Munich)
George Washington (American, 1732–1799)
Hand-colored lithograph
Image: 23 1/8 x 17 3/4 in. (58.8 x 45.1 cm) Sheet: 26 1/16 x 19 in. (66.2 x 48.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Emily C. Chadbourne, 1952
Accession Number:
Not on view
The inscription below the image precisely describes the iconography of the scene: Washington is carried to the heavens by Faith and Love, while Hope leads "the way to the seat of bliss." The brightest ray of light emanating from Washington shines down on Columbia and "rays of comfort illuminate the countenance and cheer the bosoms of the Orphan States, dissolving in sorrow at his Tomb."
Signature: in stone below image lower left: "Painted by Samuel Moore"; lower right: "Litograph [sic] by H. Weishaupt"; along lower edge at center: "Stamped by J. M. Hermann"

Inscription: in stone below image: "When the FIRST in Council, the FIRST in the Field, and the FIRST in the hearts of his fellow Citizens, the FATHER of his Country, the ILLUSTRIOUS WASHINGTON, left this earthly mansion attended by those VIRTUES which were the inmates of his Soul in his terrestrial Pilgrimage and borne on the arms of FAITH and LOVE, he winged his flight to the footstool of boundless Mercy to join the Hallelujahs of the Trust and over Blessed IMMORTALS. HOPE led the way to the seat of bliss and points the road to his enfranchised SPIRIT whilst the whole group (in glory inexpressedly too bright for Mortal eye) majestically ascended towards the THRONE of the EVERLASTING to receive the award of "well done thou good and faithful servant...A more peculiar ray of his GLORY brightens the widowed COLUMBIA, who looks up to him as the rock of her consolation, taking an eternal farewell of his mortal essence, but whose glory beams on her forever. Rays of Comfort illuminate the countenance and cheer the bosoms of the ORPHAN STATES, dissolving in sorrow at his TOMB, and lamenting the departure of their adored FRIEND, BENEFACTOR, and PROTECTOR.”
Emily C. Chadbourne; Donor: Emily C. Chadbourne
James T. Mitchell sale, 1906, pt. II.321
Stan V. Henkels The valuable and extraordinary collection of portraits of Gen'l Geo. Washington (part of The Unequalled Collection of Engraved Portraits...Belonging to Hon. James T. Mitchell) sale catalogue, no. 944, part II. Davis & Harvey, May 3, 1906, cat. no. 321.

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