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George Washington peace medal with "Spinning" scene / American

Essay/Description

The image includes a woman spinning yarn with a loom for weaving behind her. To the side, a child rocks a baby in the cradle. This scene of domestic bliss and industry was meant to encourage Indians to adopt Euro-American ideals of work and home life.

The Washington Seasons medals depict scenes of agricultural life that the Americans wanted the Indians to adopt. Ordered by James McHenry, Secretary of War in 1797, the medals were struck in England in 1798. These medals were designed by John Trumbull, a well-respected early American artist and Colonel in the Revolutionary War.
Although the reverse legend on the medals is SECOND PRESIDENCY OF GEO. WASHINGTON MDCCXCVI, these medals were not distributed until after President Washington died. Lewis & Clark may have taken some of them on their cross country travels.
The Seasons medals were disregarded by chiefs because of their small size and lack of a portrait of a king or president. Very likely, there was a third reason for the lack

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Title(s): 
George Washington peace medal with "Spinning" scene
Culture: 
American
Date: 
circa 1798
Period: 
Historic
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.14
Previous Number(s): 
6516.14; 65.14
Department: 
Not On View

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