In our Old Master, British and European Art auction on 24 November, we are delighted to be offering The Pinkers Collection of British, American and European Folk Art. Ahead of the auction, Brandon Lindberg, Head of British & European Pictures, takes a look at Lot 99, The States Eagle, American School (early 19th century).
It is believed to have been painted in New England, circa 1810. In the early years of the American nation, the need for a national symbol was acutely felt. They appropriated many existing symbolic forms, but none were to become as pervasive as the eagle. It was the ancient symbol of Jupiter, king of the gods, and the young nation was eager to model many of its institutions on the Roman Republic, so the eagle, proposed by Pennsylvania scholar William Barton, seemed a natural choice.
Tuesday 24 November | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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