The Dismemberment of Poland

Object Number: 
1941.127
Date: 
ca. 1815
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. ( 54.6 x 56.5 cm )
Marks: 
printed: in medallions: "The Polish Revolution, one/ equally happy as honerable both to Kings People,/ has for its Era the memorable 3rd of May 1791./ ..."
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief with a central vignette with the personification of Poland being picked apart by vultures; surrounded by portraits of Gen. Washington, Gen. LaFayette, Gen. Kosciusko, and the King of Poland as well as armorial style groupings suspended from garlands and two medallions filled with text; red ink printed on white ground; decorative border.
Gallery Label: 
The dismemberment of Poland by the Congress of Vienna occured on June 9, 1815.
Bibliography: 

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979), 60.

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