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"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."--Alexander Hamilton on human nature and government. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

1950 Arthur Williams Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1917 pencil and watercolor on paperboard sheet: 17 3/4 x 14 in. (45.1 x 35.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.305 Not currently on view


Allegory - quality - justice

Portrait male - Hamilton, Alexander - bust

Still life - art object - painting

Still life - other - writing tool

Still life - tool - scale

Still life - written matter - book


paint - watercolor



About Arthur Williams

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1917

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