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Smithsonian American Art Museum Has Collection Online—Seward’s Purchase Of Alaska

Internet users are able to view much of the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Look at the middle of the right hand side of the link I provide above.

The print at the top of this post is titled Secretary Seward Buys Alaska.

This work was completed in 1973 by Warrington Colescott.

Secretary of State William Seward is buying Alaska from the Russians in this painting while a cast of characters look on.

Animals are looking on as well.

Nobody seems to be up to any good. Even the animals seem to have an angle.

Here is a picture of the check used to purchase Alaska in 1868. This took place during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. 

Here is a description of Mr. Colescott’s work from an exhibition of his prints held in Albany in 1995.

Here are some facts on the Alaskan Purchase from the Alaskan Humanties Forum. 

Here is the link to the Seward House Museum in Auburn, New York.

The Smithsonian provides an excellent resource by making this art so easily available to the general public.

There is so much to learn and understand if we take the time to do so.

Considering a work of art can lead us to any number of subjects to study, and to discoveries and reflections about history and public life and about our own lives as well.

August 29, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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