Arthur Williams, "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels, 1950, pencil, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.305
"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.
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sheet: 17 3/4 x 14 in. (45.1 x 35.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Container Corporation of America
- Still life – art object – painting
- Allegory – quality – justice
- Portrait male – Hamilton, Alexander – bust
- Still life – written matter – book
- Still life – other – writing tool
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