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Accession #: 175-1992-1
Date: c. 1820
Lender: Eliff Family Historical Trust
Artist: Attributed to William Rush
Materials: Wood (pine); gilding; paint; ferrous metal nails and screws
Dimensions: 11 ¼” H; 41 ¼” W; 11 ½” D

This carved and gilt eagle is attributed to William Rush (1756–1833), a Philadelphia-born sculptor who gained renown carving figureheads and ornaments for merchant ships. He went on to become a prominent artist in Philadelphia and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

This report details the examination of the eagle, including X-radiography of its joinery, and compiles historical research of other related works by Rush in order to more fully inform the object's attribution to the artist. 


View examination report HERE

Jason Wierzbicki

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