American Icon

American Icon (HM1GMG)

Location: King of Prussia, PA 19406 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 6.051', W 75° 27.62'

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Americans of the Revolutionary era looked to ancient Rome and Greece as models of republican ideals. This statue, a bronze copy of die original marble which has stood in the rotunda of the Virginia State capitol since 1796, includes both classical and also American symbols that would have been familiar to Americans of die time. George Washington is depicted as a modern Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer and general who left his farm to save the Roman Republic, and then voluntarily returned to his plow.

To study his subject, French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon traveled to America and stayed at Mount Vernon for two weeks, taking detailed measurements of Washington and casting this life mask. Washington family believed that the final statue was the most realistic depiction ever made of him.

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The Father of our Country wears his military uniform but carries a civilian walking cane rather than his sword, which has been set aside. He stands by a farmer's plowshare, a symbol of his love of peace and agriculture. He rests his hand on a bundle of rods called fasces, a Roman symbol of civil authority. Here, the thirteen rods represent the joining of the original states and the strength gained from that unity.


George Washington, cast by Devile from original life mask by Houdon, 1785. Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies? Association.
Placed ByValley Forge National Historical Park
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 460763 N 4439052
Decimal Degrees40.10085000, -75.46033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 6.051', W 75° 27.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 6' 3.06" N, 75° 27' 37.2" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)484, 610, 215, 267
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9000 Joseph Plumb Martin Trail, King of Prussia PA 19406, US
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