Learning About Washington Crossing the Delaware

Posted by Francesca

I had nothing to read the other day, so I picked up the March issue of the Maine Antique Digest, one of Martha’s favorite antiques publications.  It’s filled with all sorts of ads for antique shows around the country and also some very interesting articles about antiquities.  One article, in particular, caught my attention about the very famous 1851 oil-on-canvas of Washington Crossing the Delaware.

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What are you reading, Francesca?

1 What are you reading, Francesca?

Oh Sharkey, it's the new issue of the Maine Antique Digest.  Martha loves it and always reads it from cover to cover!  I was leafing through it and found an interesting article.

2 Oh Sharkey, it's the new issue of the Maine Antique Digest. Martha loves it and always reads it from cover to cover! I was leafing through it and found an interesting article.

It's all about one of America's most famous historical paintings, Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.  This painting, which resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was recently cleaned and reframed.

3 It's all about one of America's most famous historical paintings, Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware. This painting, which resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was recently cleaned and reframed.

Oh Francesca, I've seen that painting before!

4 Oh Francesca, I've seen that painting before!

I'm sure you have, Sharkey.  This painting has become iconic in American art, as it depicts George Washington's journey over the icy Delaware River right before a crucial victory in the Revolutionary War!

5 I'm sure you have, Sharkey. This painting has become iconic in American art, as it depicts George Washington's journey over the icy Delaware River right before a crucial victory in the Revolutionary War!

No, Francesca, I mean it's hanging right over there on the wall of our blog studio!

6 No, Francesca, I mean it's hanging right over there on the wall of our blog studio!

Wait a minute, that can't be the same one!  The real painting is 12-feet-high and 21-feet-long and it's currently hanging in the American Wing of the Met!  Before that, it was being reframed by Eli Wilner!

7 Wait a minute, that can't be the same one! The real painting is 12-feet-high and 21-feet-long and it's currently hanging in the American Wing of the Met! Before that, it was being reframed by Eli Wilner!

Well, this painting is definitely not that large!  But did I hear you say Eli Wilner's name?  Isn't he the leading purveyor of antique frames and reproductions?

8 Well, this painting is definitely not that large! But did I hear you say Eli Wilner's name? Isn't he the leading purveyor of antique frames and reproductions?

The one and the same!  He's the one who reproduced the original frame for this famous painting.

9 The one and the same! He's the one who reproduced the original frame for this famous painting.

The original frame was large and gilded with an ornate eagle on the top.  The painting, which had many owners before it was in the museum, mysteriously lost its original frame around 1918.

10 The original frame was large and gilded with an ornate eagle on the top. The painting, which had many owners before it was in the museum, mysteriously lost its original frame around 1918.

Wilner and his company reproduced it by referencing old photographs of the painting and frame.  Why Sharkey, this small print of the painting also has a miniature reproduction of the original frame!

11 Wilner and his company reproduced it by referencing old photographs of the painting and frame. Why Sharkey, this small print of the painting also has a miniature reproduction of the original frame!

No wonder, Franny!  The back says it's from Eli Wilner & Co.  He must have gifted it to Martha when he presented her with an award at the Olana Partnership!  How interesting!

12 No wonder, Franny! The back says it's from Eli Wilner & Co. He must have gifted it to Martha when he presented her with an award at the Olana Partnership! How interesting!

Comments (10)

  • Good Morning F & S

    Wow you must have been really bored to pick up and read the Antique Digest, I think I'd rather get my nails cut! Don't you have a cat to chase or any TP to run through the house with? The only thing I like to do with books is chew off the corners and tear out the pages ;)

    Mom is up early heading to church today for Ash Wednesday. I can't figure this one out she comes home with dirt on her head sometimes she is so silly.

    I'm excited about the weather this week almost 60 by Thursday. I'll need to get my chase lounge out so I can catch some rays - spring is almost here :)

    Zoe

  • Hello girls,
    That was a very nice gift that was presented to Martha at the Olana Partnership. I bet she gets gifts all the time from different people and organizations. Thanks for sharing.
    OK, now down to business. Basil, I am spitting mad and happy at the same time. I thought your doctor said that the tumor was not cancer and now it is. I am mad about that. But, I am very happy that they got clean margins and that your surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery. Keep on getting better little buddy. I am only 4 years old and I don't want to start getting gray fur yet due to worrying about you. I am Hotstuff, not Gray Stuff. hehehehehe
    Kirby Bear, that has to be awful that you are itchy and can't scratch it. Karen gets her lawn sprayed twice a year so fleas and ticks don't come around. Actuall;y, it gets done in February and again in the middle of summer. The one in Feb. is a slow releasing granule that seeps down into the ground and it takes a while cause the ground is hard. But, we have not had fleas or ticks in the yard for many years. Knock on wood.
    Well Glue Squad, I am off. Oh and Zoe, don't be sad that you didn't have heads to eat over the weekend. That kid will come back and she will bring her dolls again. Just be patient.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning Girls,
    I hate to read LOL but like to chew on moms magazines. And like Zoe said, you must have been pretty bored. I didn't blog for a couple of days, I got into a bit of trouble. Have been chewing too much. Yesterday I got the feather duster when Aunt Denise was cleaning and chewed it apart in the yard. Mom found it when she came home. And I have been chewing some of the trim in the living room and ate Abbie's ruler for school. Mom has not been happy. Then last night was my last night for "school". I did get my certificate for finishing but my teacher said I need a bit more training. Mom seemed a little upset with me too cause I just couldn't concentrate during class. Oh well, what can I say.....I'm a husky :)
    Anyway, I am getting groomed today. My groomer is the same lady who is my trainer. Her name is Lily and I have to be good with her or she gives me a good "pop" on my leash.
    I hope everyone has a great day and hopefully I won't get into any more trouble and will be blogging again everyday. LOL

    Chloe xx

    PS......F & S... Did you get my pictures I sent??? I hope so.

  • Hey ladies,
    Verrry interesting reading! Now, Zoe, it's not all fun a games everyday. Yesterday, Mimi stayed home from the office which meant that I had a super boring day, too. All she wanted to do was "rest". All I wanted to do was chase the squirrels. We are at work now waiting for customers.
    Hey Basil, I'm sorry about the big C, but sounds like your Doc took out the tumor o.k. Take it easy little buddy. I'll be thinking about you as you recuperate. Have a peaceful day everybody...
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I’m with you Zoe, those two girls need something to chase; squirrel maybe. I try to behave myself and don’t chew on the books around my house. Anyway, the paper taste funny these days. Maddox I don’t itch too much. I get some medication applied to the itchy spots and that helps. It also makes the spot heal faster. My yard doesn’t get sprayed any. The Chow Chow, Mommy and Daddy had before me, had epilepsy. He had to take medication three times a day. When he was seven, the neighbor sprayed their yard and plants. Some of the spray drifted into our yard. That triggered a series of seizures; each one worse than the last. After seven in a row, his heart gave out. That’s why my yard doesn’t get sprayed. I think you understand how my Mommy feels about spraying the yard now. By the way, after that day the neighbors haven't sprayed anything anymore.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Thank you girls for teaching us about that lovely photo of Washington Crossing the Delaware! The information you gave us was fascinating and your photos were terrific! Sure would love to learn more from you because you have all kinds of interesting things all around you! How is handsome G.K.? Is he still home or is he going to more dog shows? It's so fun to see all three of you whenever possible!!! Hey Cora Belle, are you having more of the heavy rain and gusty winds down in your area?! It's supposed to last until Thursday here-the sky is full of dark clouds right now! Hey Basil, sure hope you are feeling better today! My paws are crossed and my prayers are with you as usual-take care buddy! Sure hope everyone else is doing very well and have another great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Ladies,
    I must say you are knowledgable on everything. I know nothing of antiques---only that I am one. If it is nice, get out and do some chasing of critters. Maybe you can get in Mama Martha's books and find some natural essential oil to help Kirby and his itching. Maybe Zoe could use it also. Yesterday, I just conenctrated on r and r and keeping warm in front of the fire. Today should be 65 so that will be nice. Cora Belle, I sure do appreciate you barking at all the critters on my behalf. Oh, and I meant to tell Rebel and Dudley that I made some buddies at the hospital that looked kind of like them. Also, did you know they have a cone head row of dogs at the hospital? It was bad enough having all my tubes, let alone a cone head. I feel bad that Kirby has to wear one when he itches. My parents don't use chemicals of any kind also. Well, better go and try and eat a bit. Have a good day.
    Love &licks,
    Basil

  • Wow that's what I do when I'm bored, I have a collection of 'very old' Antique Digest magazines many books pertaining to Antiques...I love going through them.
    Pups this was a great find, to see your mommie Martha has a print and frame duplicate as an award is super...

    I admit I'm not bored, just have to take time out to re-read and re-read these collectible magazines and books.

    Matter fact Kitty loves laying on them, but she does seemed bored at the time.

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • I had the funniest thought when looking at photo #6, the two of you and G.K. posing in the photo. Franny as George Washington, Sharkey carrying the flag, and G.K. leading the way with the oar. :smile:

    Kirby Bear that's a sad story about your Mommy and Daddy's previous Chow. No wonder that they don't want to take chances with you. Chloe sweetie, maybe you need some more chew toys to play with just to give Mom a break for awhile? Awww Basil, even though you were at the hospital I'm glad that you found some buddies to help keep you company.

  • Hi everybody..very windy here today..the feral cats are going crazy.. Lucinda forgot she didn't have a back-up bag of cat food..so they are drinking milk as we speak and James is on an emergency cat food run...Basil,you are hardly an antique, my little friend..now on the other hand, James, Lucinda and I are reaching antique status...fleas, never bothered by them..how dare one get on a cattledog, we ruff and tumble guys refuse to stand for the little blood suckers..although i see those bad raccoons itching all the time..now they look like flea carriers!..there must be some organic stuff you can roll in to keep them off...good luck on getting rid of the little freeloaders...Kit-bang likes magazines, like Kitty she sleeps on them and then tears them to shreds with her sharp little talons...she is old and went to the bathroom in the cornor this a.m., she takes a lot of meds , too, so accidents happen..Chloe, I was wild till I was about five years old..then over night I just mellowed out and started to semi-behave..Rebel, bet you are a good door greeter..do you hand out snacks to any doggies that come by? Glue squaders, talk to you all on Friday.., tomarrow Lucinda has doctor appointments allday and James and I have to hold the fort down while she is gone..hope we get the metal detector out and play with it...and eat snacks..take naps..ride around the property..eat more snacks..take naps ...eat more snacks..what fun..later, my little pals...cora-belle

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