Robert Riggs
George Washington in Marine Procession for New York Presidential Inauguration
circa 1932 1945

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The scene depicts George Washington, en route to Federal Hall in New York City, April 30, 1789. It's location is somewhere in New York Harbor or the East River. The pomp and pageantry of red carpet and stairs are in full view as cheering crowds joyously wave flags and military personnel at attention, ceremoniously prepare to receive Washington's boat. The extravagance of the scene and peak moment of drama depicted is wholly appropriate for the occasion
Done in the late 1930's, this work has an epic production look and grandeur of a Cecil B. DeMille movie set. Notice the variety of period flags and costumes. There was no quick way to Google that in the 1930's and to get an accurate reference of all the detail must have been a grand undertaken. Finally, Riggs is able to obtain a likeness of Washington in small scale and in profile. Among Riggs other prodigious artistic talents, he is also a great portrait painter... even in miniature.

Oil on Renaissance Panel


  • Condition
    Excellent. Surface dirt and yellowing varnish throughout . Works needs a cleaning. to reveal true splendor of the work .
  • Dimensions
    17.75 in. H x 36 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
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