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Textile fragment

Object Number: 
1941.105
Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 31 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. ( 79.4 x 64.1 cm )
Marks: 
printed: around medallion: "SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE ARMY & NAVY * PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM MARCH 4 1829 T0" printed: below portraits: "THOMAS JEFFERSON/ PRESIDENT FROM 1801 TO 1809/ JOHN Q ADAMS/ PRESIDENT FROM 1825 TO 1829/ JAMES MONROE/ PRE
Description: 
Cotton roller-printed textile fragment with a central portrait medallion of Andrew Jackson with an American bald eagle to his right, a frigate (U.S.S. Constitution) to his left, and portraits of the first six presidents of the United States below; all on a ground of clouds; printed in blue ink on a white ground.
Gallery Label: 
This textile was adapted from an earlier French toile with the inscription "Les Presidents des Etats-Unis." The French version includes the eagle, but the frigate and Jackson are not printed.
Bibliography: 

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

Montgomery, Florence M. Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850. New York: Viking, 1970.

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