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Peace on Earth

1951 Wheeler Williams Born: Chicago, Illinois 1897 Died: Madison, Connecticut 1972 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.13 Not currently on view


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Wheeler Williams was one of many artists who, during the postwar period, created art that reaffirmed the values of home, peace, family and security. The image of a mother and child on the obverse of this medal appeared throughout American art during the interwar years and into the 1940s, and symbolized the American way of life threatened by fascism. On the reverse of this medal, the lamb lying in a meadow evokes the Bible’s reference to the Lamb of God, as well as paintings by American artist Edward Hicks (1780-1849), whose many images of the “Peaceable Kingdom” established this symbolism in American culture for generations to come.

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Animal - sheep

Figure group - female and child

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

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Born: Chicago, Illinois 1897 Died: Madison, Connecticut 1972

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