This season, The Met Store takes you on a trip into American history, starting with a tribute to the father of our country, George Washington. The famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Leutze (American, 1816–1868) is on display in the American Wing and depicts the attack on the Hessians at Trenton on December 25, 1776, a key battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Met also owns a famous portrait of the same President by Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828) begun in 1795. It is one of the 18 similar works known as the Vaughan group, and this version is considered one of the best. You can connect with George Washington with our Zip Pouch and Enamel Pin, shown below.
Did you also know that visiting The Met could save you a trip to Liberty Island? The Statue of Liberty was realized by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (French, 1834–1904) as a gift from France to celebrate the centennial of the United States. The Met owns a “committee model,” part of an edition made of cast terracotta that was produced after a preliminary model for the Statue of Liberty. It was made to help raise money to erect the statue in New York harbor. There are numerous differences in composition between the early model and the statue as realized.
This statue caught the interest of the French lithographer Pellerin, who made a colored lithograph of it at the end of the 19th century, now in The Met collection.
You can display your patriotic spirit with our neckerchief inspired by this lithograph, or with our quintessentially American denim jacket embellished with a reproduction of The Met’s Statue of Liberty.