National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Golden Eagle Gatepost Golden Eagle Gatepost
Rendered by Henry Murphy (artist), c. 1938
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 43.2 x 34.7 cm (17 x 13 11/16 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 25 of 26

Early American bird carvings were frequently used as ornaments for fences or gateposts. One such carving is this bird, which probably represents a chicken, as suggested by its head, beak, and clawed feet. It is dated 1750. After 1782, the eagle, which became the symbol of the new republic, was a frequent theme of woodcarvers and also decorated fence and gateposts.

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