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Washington Sea Eagle

ca. 1836-1839 John James Audubon Born: Les Cayes, Haiti 1785 Died: New York, New York 1851 oil on canvas 46 x 33 1/4 in. (116.8 x 84.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. S. Dillon Ripley II and Mary Livingston Ripley 1994.121 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing

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Artist and ornithologist John James Audubon first thought this juvenile golden eagle was a new species native to North America.  He named it after our nation’s first president, noting, “[George Washington] was brave, so is the Eagle; like it, too, he was the terror of his foes; and his fame, extending from pole to pole, resembles the majestic soarings of the mightiest of the feathered tribe. If America has reason to be proud of her Washington, so has she to be proud of her great Eagle.”


Animal - bird - eagle

Architecture - boat - sailing ship

Waterscape - coast


paint - oil

fabric - canvas