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First Painting of the Great Seal

First Painting of the Great Seal

This large (45 x 66") oil painting is the work of an unknown artist. Commissioned in 1785, it has always hung next to the pew used by George Washington in St. Paul's Chapel at Trinity Church in New York City.

The constellation of stars is correctly depicted in a natural formation, and the rays of light are "breaking through a cloud" as they should be (and as seen in other early realizations of the Great Seal).

The eagle, however, is not a bald eagle as specified by the official description of the Great Seal.

First Painting of the Great Seal

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