The American Star, ca. 1803
Frederick Kemmelmeyer (German, ca. 1755–1821)
Oil and gold leaf on paper; 22 x 17 3/4 in. (55.9 x 45.1 cm)
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1962 (62.256.7)
This picture glorifies Washington's achievements as a soldier, statesman, and Freemason by surrounding him with weapons, symbols of nationhood, and a Masonic shield. His association with the star has numerous connotations, including his being a source of guidance or a light in the darkness.