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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 19th century: American Eagle
American Eagle

American Eagle
19th century
Unidentified artist
bronzed plaster on wood base
12 5/8 x 23 x 5 1/8 in. (32.0 x 58.4 x 13.1 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition

The bald eagle has been a symbol of American spirit since 1782, when the Continental Congress chose an eagle design for the Great Seal of the United States. As a result, many artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries included this motif in their work.

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