Textile

English
about 1785


Object Place: England

Dimensions

76 x 104 cm (29 15/16 x 40 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

14.881

Medium or Technique

Printed linen and cotton (linen warp and cotton weft)

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Warp linen, weft cotton printed in red from an engraved copper plate. The pattern consists of Liberty seated in a car drawn by two lionesses and driven by George Washington. Indians with trumpets and banners precede the car. Liberty holds a shield on which is “American Independence, 1776”. On a scroll on an oak tree is “Stamp Act, Liberty”. Alternating with this pattern is Liberty with a helmet and shield on which are 13 stars, leading Benjamin Franklin to the “Temple of Fame”. Franklin holds a scroll on which is “Where Liberty dwells there is my country”. A woman holds an end of Franklin’s scroll in one hand and a pole with a liberty cap on it, in the other, probably meant for France. An angel with two trumpets is descending a long flight of steps from the temple, between the angel and Liberty are two cherubs holding the world.

Provenance

Miss Mary E. Graves Norcross; Gift to the MFA November 5, 1914.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary E. Graves Norcross