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Eagle of Preparedness

1916 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze 12 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (31.2 x 11.3 x 11.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16B


Luce Center Label

Paul Wayland Bartlett created Eagle of Preparedness in 1916, soon after the British ship Lusitania was sunk by the Germans. This event sparked a crusade for military “preparedness” in America, as many people realized that entry into World War I was inevitable. With his Eagle, Bartlett showed his support for the Allied cause and the movement to rearm.

Keywords

Allegory - civic - war

Allegory - quality - fortitude

Animal - bird - eagle

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Wayland Bartlett

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925

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