The American Star (George Washington)

Artist: Frederick Kemmelmeyer (ca. 1755–1821)

Date: ca. 1803

Medium: Oil and gold leaf on paper

Dimensions: 22 x 17 3/4 in. (55.9 x 45.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1962

Accession Number: 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.