HOME VIEW BY SUBJECT VIEW BY ARTIST ITEMS OF INTEREST CURRENT EXHIBITION CONTACT
HISTORY CATALOGUES
The Green Tree: Highlights from the Collection of the Mutual Assurance Company of Philadelphia - April 2007
 
 
painting
 
Attributed to John Archibald Woodside, Sr.
(1781–1852)
Engine Panel of the Washington, c. 1838
Oil on wood with brass plates, 30 × 17 1/2 inches
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 123–124, color pl.
RS 6332


By the early 1820s volunteer fire companies had begun to paint their fire engines in bright colors and commission artists to paint decorative panels for them. This panel, attributed to the prominent Philadelphia sign painter John Archibald Woodside, Sr. (1781–1852), ornamented the Washington Engine Company's "Washington" fire engine, built by Joel Bates in 1832 and rebuilt by John Agnew in 1838. It represents allegorical figures of Freedom, Liberty, and Justice gathered at the base of a stone pedestal on which rests a bust of George Washington. Woodside is documented as having executed commissions for the Washington Engine Company, and in 1832 he had made a preliminary sketch (now in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) as a design for a banner that is similar to this composition.

  


Copyright©2007 The Schwarz Gallery

The Schwarz gallery is not responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this web site.