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Independence Declared 1776. The Union Must Be Preserved

Independence Declared 1776. The Union Must Be Preserved

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Description (Brief)
Black and white print; central figure of George Washington surrounded by one representative from each of the thirteen states. Washington is holding a scroll upon which is printed, "We declare ourselves free and independent. Behind him is a depiction of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Above him are bust portraits of the first eight presidents of the U.S. The print is flanked by two columns intended to represent New England rising out of Old England surmounted by Hope and Liberty. This print was an example of a commemorative created about 50 years after the American Revolution.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
date made
1839
depicted
Madison, James
Monroe, James
Adams, John Quincy
Jackson, Andrew
Van Buren, Martin
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier Marquis de Lafayette
Warren, Joseph
Jefferson, Thomas
Washington, George
Adams, John
maker
Moore, Thomas
Arnold, Joseph A.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 23 in x 17 7/8 in; 58.42 cm x 45.4025 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2579
catalog number
60.2579
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Revolutionary War
U.S. National Government, judiciary
Chronology: 1830-1839
Uniforms, Military
State Government
Liberty
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Battle Scenes
Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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