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Sculpture: 19th century: American Eagle
American Eagle

American Eagle
19th century
Unidentified artist
bronzed plaster on wood base
12 5/8 x 23 x 5 1/8 in. (32.0 x 58.4 x 13.1 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition
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The bald eagle has been a symbol of American spirit since 1782, when the Continental Congress chose an eagle design for the Great Seal of the United States. As a result, many artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries included this motif in their work.

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Re: Species of Eagle

Your query has been passed on to the Curatorial Office. We will let you know what we find out!

Posted by Bridget from Luce Foundation Center September 1, 2009

Species of Eagle

As I mentioned to your people at the gallery last year, I do not believe that this is an American eagle, and if I am correct, it is mistitled. The origin of the work and title would be of interest.

Posted by James Patrick McGrath from New York, New York August 31, 2009

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