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"America Guided by Wisdom"

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Title:  

"America Guided by Wisdom"
Date:
c.1815

Collection:

Creator:
Barralett, John James

Content Description: 

Engraving titled "America Guided by Wisdom: An Allegorical representation of the United States, denoting their Independence and prosperity" by Benjamin Tanner, after John James Barralett. Underneath the image is printed the title as well as a description reading "DESCRIPTION: On the fore ground Minerva, the goddess of Wisdom, is pointing to a Shield, supported by the Genius of America, bearing the Arms of the United States, with the motto UNION AND INDEPENDENCE, by which the country enjoys the prosperity signaled by the horn of plenty at the feet of America. The second ground is occupied by an Equestrian Statue of WASHINGTON placed in front, indicating the progress of the liberal arts. Commerce is represented by the figure of Mercury, with one foot resting on bales of American manufactures, pointing out the advantages of encouraging and protecting Navigation, signified by an armed vessel under sail, to Ceres, who is seated with implements of Agriculture near her. The Bee Hive is emblematic of industry, and the female spinning at the cottage door, shows the first and most useful of domestic manufactures."

Physical Description: 

Engraving

Location:
2715 Q St. NW,District Of Columbia,Washington,20007
Identifier:
66.8

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