The Effect of Principle, Behold the Man (Handkerchief)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; copperplate printed.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; copperplate printed.

Date:

c. 1806

Artist:

Attributed to John Hewson (American, born England, 1744–1821) After Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828)
United States, Pennsylvania, Probably Philadelphia

About this artwork

This handkerchief commemorates George Washington (1732–1799) and includes his resignation speech from September 19, 1796. The figure of Washington is based on a painting of the president by Gilbert Stuart, which was commissioned by Senator William Bingham of Pennsylvania in 1796. Printed handkerchiefs of this period often record events and individuals, and they were often displayed rather than used. This handkerchief is attributed to the successful calico printer John Hewson of Philadelphia.

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Artist

Gilbert Stuart (Painter)

Title

The Effect of Principle, Behold the Man (Handkerchief)

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1795–1810

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; copperplate printed

Dimensions

25.4 x 28 cm (10 x 11 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1952.564

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