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Emperor George Washington
This heroic sculpture depicts George Washington as a Roman emperor, a popular European tradition for representing political and military leaders. The portrait is based on a likeness modeled in Philadelphia in 1791 or 1792 by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi, who came to the United States seeking the commission for a congressional monument to Washington (which was never made). A plaster cast of his life portrait of Washington was acquired in 1809 by Thomas Appleton, American consul in Livomo (Leghorn), Italy. A decade later, in 1819, Italian sculptor Massimilliano Ravenna drew on the work of Ceracchi and Appleton to make this marble bust of the first president of the United States, which was photographed at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
January 25th, 2014
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