"Angel Holding Trumpet" Engine Panel Painting

Description
In the nineteenth century, volunteer fire companies often commissioned paintings to decorate their hand-pumped fire engines for parades, competitions, and community events. Sometimes framed with elaborate carvings, they adorned the tall air chamber located at the middle or rear of a pumper. The paintings would often feature patriotic, heroic, or allegorical images to associate the volunteer companies with these lofty ideals.
This Angel Holding Trumpet panel painting was made by an unknown artist in the late 19th century. The character could possibly be a personification of Fame, celebrating the triumphing of the fire company.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, engine panel
date made
late 19th century
maker
unknown
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
oil paint (image material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 40 3/4 in; 19.685 cm x 103.505 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0314
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0314
subject
Fire Fighting
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Work
Cultures & Communities
Art
Engine Panel Paintings
Firefighting Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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