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Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Monuments

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, Benjamin West to Rufus King, 1800 May 25

 Item — Box 37, Folder: 1800.05.25
Identifier: H-1293/D
Scope and Contents Letter, 3 pages. London. Contains Wests comments on proposed reinterment of George Washington in the Federal city and monument to be raised to him -- recommends triangle or pyramid as most durable monument -- should be in prominent place, planted with trees -- monuments should be hollow -- rotunda, and brass pedestrian statue of Washington -- work to be of "monumental simplicity" -- 4 doors and stone coffin. Letter, marked "Copy of a letter from one West=the celebrated American artist in...
Dates: 1800 May 25

Sketch, Monument to George Washington by Benjamin West, 1800

 Item — Box 35, Folder: 1800.00.00
Identifier: H-1293/A-C
Scope and Contents

Two sketches shows pyramid-like structure surmounted by statue, and inscription below. Date on original catalog card appears [1800 ?]. On a separate page is a proposed inscription in Latin on reverse of cover. Watermark (crown over armed figure), 3 pages.

Dates: 1800