Cover image for George Washington : American symbol
George Washington : American symbol
Mitnick, Barbara J.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hudson Hills Press in association with the Museums at Stony Brook and the Museum of Our National Heritage ; [Lanham, Md.] : Distributed in the U.S. ... by National Book Network, [1999]

Physical Description:
162 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
"Published in conjunction with an exhibition seen at the Museums at Stony Brook, New York, February 6-May 31, 1999; at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, June 11-September 6, 1999; and at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, October 10, 1999-February 27, 2000"--T.p. verso.

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E312.4 .G46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This volume presents the many manifestations of George Washington. Included are fine portraits, ranging from those he actually posed for to postmodern images that deconstruct the icon. Also contained are objects of mass distribution, from glass flasks, tableware and porcelain vases to calendar illustrations, prints and the dollar bill. Spanning more than two centuries, these items tell about the changes in American society as well as about the man portrayed.

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Booklist Review

The year 1999 is the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington. To honor the bicentennial of the passing of this national icon, a traveling exhibition of artifacts relating to his life has been organized. Both of these superbly illustrated and informative works are intended to complement that exhibition. Mitnick, an art historian and curator, is concerned with the evolution of Washington into a national icon as reflected in various forms of artistic expression. The illustrations contain both familiar and relatively obscure representations of Washington and his exploits; they range from the worshipful to the whimsical to the iconoclastic. The supporting essays are finely tuned, and they eloquently indicate the steady progression of image building. The color photographs in Garrett's compilation are particularly lush. Combined with the supporting text written by several prominent historians, they convey an indelible image of an age and a man who shaped that age. As with Jefferson's Monticello, Mt. Vernon seems to truly reflect the spirit of the man who, even at the height of his political power, longed to return home. Both of these works will be timely and valuable additions to art and history collections. --Jay Freeman