Washington’s Dream, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Washington sitting upright head resting on proper right hand. Dream in cloud above includes three women of American – to left with cornucopia, center with American flag and to right with sword and scale.

In this portrait of George Washington, Currier & Ives pictured a hero dedicated to attaining American independence from British rule. With his battle plans spread on the table and his sword beside him, Washington is portrayed as a leader fighting for freedom. An army encampment is visible through a door in the background. In his dream, Washington’s desire to establish an independent nation is realized by the presence of three allegorical figures dressed in flowing garb. Triumphantly positioned on a globe labeled “America,” the figures symbolize (from left to right) prosperity, liberty and justice.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
27 1/2 x 22 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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