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Commemorative handkerchief: "The resignation of George Washington"

Scottish (Glasgow)
after 1796
Printed by W. Gillespie & Co.

Object Place: Glasgow, Anderston, Scotland


54 x 49.5 cm (21 1/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, copperplate printed

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Handkerchief commemorating the “The Resignation of President Washington”. Central oval medallion with a full figure of George Washington holding a scroll. Seven numbered cartouches surround this containing a history of Washington’s life and exploits plus a quoted passage from his farewell address (?). Base of medallion blanked, on the right, by military trophies and, on the left, by artifacts of domestic prosperity. “W.G. and Co. Anderston N. Britain” appears at the center bottom. The initials “SS” and “IG” are embroidered on either side of the medallion. Red ink on a cotton ground.


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; gift to the MFA, April 10, 1952

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection