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Visit of the Prince of Wales, President Buchanan, and Dignitaries to the Tomb of Washington at Mount Vernon, October 1860

1861 Thomas P. Rossiter Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1818 Died: Cold Spring, New York 1871 oil on canvas 27 1/4 x 54 3/8 in. (69.3 x 138.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston 1906.9.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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In 1860, the nineteen-year-old Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) visited the tomb of the man who had led the Continental Army to victory over the forces of Great Britain in the American Revolution. Demonstrating the renewed harmony between the two nations, President James Buchanan stands beside the heir to the British throne as he pays his respects at this American shrine. The clouds above the assembled crowd of dignitaries take the form of George Washington's profile.

Keywords

Ceremony - civic - political

Figure group

History - United States

Monument - tomb - Washington

Occupation - political - president

Portrait male - Buchanan, James

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Thomas P. Rossiter

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1818 Died: Cold Spring, New York 1871

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