Furnishing textile: La liberté américaine - ROM2008_9833_13


Furnishing textile: La liberté américaine

Maker: Jean Baptiste Huet (French painter, 1745 - 1811) for Oberkampf
Medium:Cotton tabby with copperplate printing
Geography: Jouy-en-Josas, France
Date: c. 1789
272 x 150 cm
Object number: 934.4.447.B
Credit Line: Harry Wearne Collection, Gift of Mrs. Harry Wearne
Not on view

This textile was manufactured during the period of French sympathy for American revolutionary struggles. It features two medals struck by Benjamin Franklin to commemorate the Franco-American alliance and the American victory at Yorktown. It was drawn by the leading designer of the day, Jean-Baptiste Huet, who was known for his skill at depicting animals, as is seen in the two main rustic scenes. Huet owned a large collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish prints and borrowed figures and motifs from at least 15 different artists, including François Boucher, to create this design.

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