Curtain

Object Number: 
1941.99b
Date: 
1790-1800
Medium: 
Cotton, linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 86 x 28 1/4 x 1 in. ( 218.4 x 71.8 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on banner held by Franklin: WHERE LIBERTY / DWELLS THERE IS / MY COUNTRY" printed: on temple frieze: "TEMPLE OF FAME" printed: on shield held by allegorical figure seated next to Washington: "AMERICAN / INDEPEND- / -ANCE. / 1776"
Description: 
Cotton copper-engraved curtain with the apotheosis of Benjamin Franklin depicted in red on white ground; additional figures include a personification of liberty standing next to Franklin and a female warrior holding a shield with thirteen stars floating in the air on his opposite side, George Washington standing upright in a chariot drawn by a pair of leopards and led by two Native Americans blowing trumpets and waving banners, and a pair of cupids holding between them an oval map showing the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern half of North America; linen backing.
Gallery Label: 
A handwritten label associated with this objects reads, "Printed cotton Drapes - Washington and Homespun Bed Hangings from the Beekman Green Room."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group