George Washington: A National Treasure

By: Brookhiser, Richard

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Very Good Condition. Cover has some light wear- Edge wear, creasing/curling to some corners. Some pages have light creasing to corners. **ADDITIONAL SHIPPING MAY APPLY TO INTERNATIONAL ORDERS** **LARGER BOOKS MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING** About the book: "George Washington: A National Treasure" celebrates our nation's permanent acquisition of Gilbert Stuart's magnificent 'Landsdowne' portrait of George Washington. Commissioned for the Marquis of Lansdowne, a British supporter of American independence, the painting shows Washington in the last year of his presidency, 1796. Here is a George Washington for the ages, resolute in the face of the multiple crises of our nation's beginnings; grand in the tradition not of a king but of democracy's representative; civilian rather than military in his authority; and, above all, the embodiment of a nation both stable and free.Today the painting provides a way to think about a time when America's success was by no means certain, about a man whose traits of character became bound up with his nation's fate, and about the expectations for our nation's highest office - the presidency - at the very moment of its creation. Filled with symbols of Washington himself and of the new republic, the painting speaks to Americans today as much as it did in the late eighteenth century. Lavishly illustrated in colour with details of the Lansdowne portrait itself, with other portraits of Washington - contemporary and modern - and with portraits of Washington's colleagues, the book is a treasure in and of itself.Essays of this title reflect on how this remarkable painting explains the nature of Washington and his importance in the national psyche, discuss how Washington came to sit for the Lansdowne painting and the work's ownership throughout the years, and consider Gilbert Stuart's portraits of George Washington and their many copies. There is a chronology that highlights Washington's life and times. Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor at "National Review" and a columnist for the "New York Observer". Margaret C. S. Christman is a historian at the National Portrait Gallery. Ellen G. Miles is curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery.

Title: George Washington: A National Treasure

Author Name: Brookhiser, Richard

Categories: History-American, Biography & Autobiography,

Publisher: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Instit: 2002

ISBN Number: 0295982373

ISBN Number 13: 9780295982373

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Book

lbs: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: 001569

Keywords: Brookhiser, Richard.US History. Biography