"The Love of Truth Mark the Boy"

Object Number: 
ca. 1806
Overall: 12 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. ( 32.4 x 29.2 cm )
printed: across top: "THE LOVE OF TRUTH/ MARK THE BOY" printed: below scene: "At six years old George, full of boyish tricks,/ Would often please himself by chopping sticks;/ ... / Afterwards the celebrated WASHINGTON." stamped: bottom right corner: "IS
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief with a scene depicting the folktale of George Washington and the cherry tree with an inscribed banner above and the folktale in three columns below; printed in blue on a white ground; decorative border.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief was originally printed as a companion to "The Effect of Principle, Behold the Man" (1941.104).

Herbert Ridgeway Collins, Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute, 1979), 63.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group