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George Washington at Newburg

n.d. Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 8 x 9 1/4 in. (20.3 x 23.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.136 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A


Luce Center Label

Paul Manship’s relief is one of several the sculptor created to commemorate episodes from the Revolutionary War (see also 1966.47.141, 1966.47.143, 1966.47.144, and 1966.47.145). Manship’s papers indicate that these reliefs were designed for a projected “Hall of History,” but research has not revealed where or when that project was to appear. Manship depicted George Washington speaking to his officers at Newburgh, New York, a small town on the Hudson River where the general kept his headquarters for two years. The scene commemorates Washington’s address to his men on the day the Continental army disbanded. Manship included an excerpt from the address, which reads “Had this day been wanting the World had never seen the last stage of perfection.”

Keywords

Figure group

History - United States - Revolution

Occupation - military

Portrait male - Washington, George

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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