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Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
FINE ART PRINTS. New Canaan, 1950. First edition of Szyk's patriotic masterpiece and largest illumination.
FIRST EDITION. This work features the complete printed text of The Declaration of Independence above the names of the signers. Each colony is shown with its proper seal. The border is composed of flags of all the states as well as Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. A large vignette of George Washington and smaller vignettes of Revolutionary War soldiers highlight the illumination.
Arthur Szyk was well known for his love of freedom and democracy. In 1934, Congress presented Szyk with the George Washington Bicentennial Medal in connection with an exhibition held that same year at The Library of Congress. During World War II, Szyk earned a reputation as U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's “soldier in art”. In 2000, to celebrate a new millennium, The Library of Congress held another Szyk exhibition, entitled “Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom”. Szyk's profound respect for America, its history, and its people culminate in this majestic illumination of one of the nation's most important documents.
The original artwork of The Declaration was dedicated in New Canaan, Connecticut, in a festive celebration on July 4, 1950. The Declaration is the largest of all Szyk's illuminations and one of his last works before his sudden death in 1951.
Declaration of Independence of The United States of America. New Canaan Edition, Illuminated by Arthur Szyk. New Canaan, CT, 1950. Image size measures 29 1/2 inches x 23 1/2 inches. Sheet size measures approximately 37 inches x 29 inches. First edition collotype lithograph in nine (9) colors on heavy stock.