Horatio Greenough’s George Washington

National Museum of American History
August 15, 2017
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Greenough statue of George Washigton
National Museum of American History

The Nation We Build Together, the exhibitions on this floor tell the story of America’s founding and future as a country to fulfil the principles and ideals of freedom and opportunity.

The origins of the statue date back to 1832, when the U.S. Congress authorized Horatio Greenough (1805-1852), the first professionally trained American sculptor to be awarded a federal commission, to create a monument to George Washington for the centennial of the first president’s birthday the rotunda of the United States Capitol. The result of an eight year project was a grand statue of Washington honoring America’s great example of liberty.

(Courtesy Smithsonian's National Museum of American History)