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Catalog Number PAP.Green.1961.001
Title The Spirit of the Union
Artist Currier & Ives
Date 1860
Description Full length standing portrait of George Washington; he is wearing his military uniform; his left hand in holding his sword, while his right hand is pointing downward; he is surrounded by a cloud; above him is the Capital building, to his left is his tomb, and to his right is Mount Vernon; print is hand colored with watercolor paint
Object Name Print
Medium Watercolor Paint
Material Ink; Medium Weight Paper
Technique Lithograph/ Hand-coloring
Dimensions H-31.8 W-21.8 cm
Credit line Gift of Beatrice Greenough
Provenance 1961, December 15 - Gift of Beatrice Greenough

The Greenough Estate Collection, including 25 cartons of books and over thirty prints and drawings, was given to the Redwood Library on December 15, 1961 by Beatrice Goelet Greenough (1908-1984) soon after the death of her only child, Gabrielle Ladd (1936-1960). Beatrice was the daughter of William Greenough (1874-1949) and Charlotte Warren (1885-1954) who collected most of the artwork herself. Charlotte was assisted by her father, Whitney Warren, who had donated a scrapbook of his architectural drawings to the Redwood Library.

Beatrice Greenough of Prescott Farm, a Portsmouth, RI resident for many years, died 24 April,1984. She left an uncle, Whitney Warren of San Francisco and two cousins, Michael Lloyd Reeves of Newport and Reginald Reeves of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Signed Name Currier & Ives
Signed Name Location Lower Left
Additional Inscriptions and Marks back, in pen: Oct 19th, 1867 || [illegible]
Inscription Location Lower Center
Inscriptions and Marks Lower Left: Pubd by Currier & Ives
Lower Center: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by F. Dechoux, in the Clerk's Office, of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern Dist. of N.Y. || The Spirit of the Union || Lo! on high the glorious form, || of Washington lights all the gloom. || And words of warning seem to come; || From out the portal of his tomb; || Americans your fathers shed, || Their blood to rear the Unions fame, || Then let your blood as free be given, || The bond of Union to maintain.
Lower Right: 152 Nassau St N.Y.
Collection Works on Paper - Greenough Collection
People Greenough, Beatrice, 1908-1984
Currier & Ives
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Notes n.d.