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Robert Lawson (1892-1957); American Art Foundation, publisher
USA: New York, New York
Etching on paper
overall: 14-3/4"h x 19-3/4"w
Special Acquisitions Fund
New York Welcomes a National Hero, 1789 etching; scene of George Washington in elaborately decorated boat, sailing through harbor; background and foreground show ships, people, flags; signed by artist in pencil bottom right; also in pencil bottom left "18/ New York Welcomes a National Hero, 1789".
The 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in 1932 sparked an outpouring of images and information about the nation’s first president. This print was one of twenty commissioned by a group of investors that celebrated different events and scenes from Washington’s public and domestic life. Consumers purchased the etchings, in portfolios of 20 images, each signed by the artist.