Eagle of Preparedness

  • Paul Wayland Bartlett, Eagle of Preparedness, 1916, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III, 1958.11.18

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Paul Wayland Bartlett created Eagle of Preparedness in 1916, soon after the British ship Lusitania was sunk by the Germans. This event sparked a crusade for military “preparedness” in America, as many people realized that entry into World War I was inevitable. With his Eagle, Bartlett showed his support for the Allied cause and the movement to rearm.

Title
Eagle of Preparedness
Artist
Date
1916
On View
Dimensions
12 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (31.2 x 11.3 x 11.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – quality – fortitude
  • Allegory – civic – war
  • Animal – bird – eagle
Object Number
1958.11.18
Palette
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