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Duvivier, Benjamin (1728-1819) [Medal of George Washington Before Boston]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03221 Author/Creator: Duvivier, Benjamin (1728-1819) Place Written: Paris, France Type: Object Date: circa 1790 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: The inscription on recto, around a bust portrait of George Washington (based on Houdon) reads in Latin: "George Washington Supremo Duci exercituum adsertori libertatis. Comitia Americana." The verso shows Washington and his officers looking towards Boston in the distance as the British evacuate, and reads in Latin "Hostibus primo Fugatis." Dent at bottom edge, recto. Slightly scratched on both sides.

People: Duvivier, Pierre Simon Benjamin, 1728-1819.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Revolutionary War, Siege of Boston, Military History, President

Sub Era: Creating a New Government