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Washington the Statesman

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Washington the Statesman

FINE ART PRINTS. Vienna, 1932. From the series George Washington and His Times.

Price: $250

FIRST PRINTING. Washington stands in this full-length portrait with one hand resting on the Constitution. In the background, the Declaration of Independence can be seen inscribed upon two tablets. Additionally, Washington's gun can be seen in the foreground, and above him, the Great Seal of the United States.

About George Washington and His Times: The American War for Independence (aka the Revolutionary War) and General George Washington are the focus of this highly patriotic work, which highlights the battles, personalities and historic events surrounding the colonials' struggle for independence from Great Britain.

About the original art. Szyk created the 38 original watercolor paintings of the George Washington and His Times portfolio between 1930 and 1931. The works were exhibited at the 1931 French Exposition in Paris. In 1935, the President of Poland, Ignacy Moscicki, purchased the original miniatures from Szyk for 15,000 Polish sloty (US$2,848.50) and presented them to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The paintings hung in The White House until 1941. They reside today in the FDR Library in Hyde Park, New York.

Washington the Statesman. From the portfolio George Washington and His Times, Thirty-Eight Plates from Water Colors by Arthur Szyk. Vienna: Max Jaffe, 1932. Illustration tipped onto original mat. Image approximately 5 inches x 6 1/4 inches. Collotype process using nine (9) colors, plus gold. Printed on very fine imported rag paper. May be traces of adhesive to corners of image, else Very good Condition.