Declaration of Independence

Object Number: 
1941.115
Date: 
ca. 1820
Medium: 
Silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. ( 71.8 x 53.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in center: "IN CONGRESS JULY 4TH 1776, / THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES/ of/ AMERICA/When in the course of human events..." printed: in garland: "JEFFERSON/ WASHINGTON/ ADAMS/" printed: across bottom: "To the People oft
Description: 
Silk lithographed broadside with a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence in a garland of the original thirteen states' seals and topped by medallion portraits of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams and flags, cornucopias, and a bald eagle; border of stars; printed in black ink on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
This broadside was engraved after an original by William Woodruff, published in Philadelphia in 1818.
Bibliography: 

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group