"Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.

  • Robert Schneeberg, "Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government., 1951, gouache, pencil, paper, and metallic paint on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.260

Title
"Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free government...Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened."--George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
1951
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 20 1/8 x 17 1/4 in. (51.0 x 43.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache, pencil, paper, and metallic paint on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – eagle
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Literature – Washington – Farewell Address
  • Occupation – military – general
  • Portrait male – Washington, George – full length
Object Number
1984.124.260
Palette
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