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Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy

"Signing of the Constitution" by Howard Chandler Christy is another American political painting. This painting wasn't done at the time of the signing however, it was commissioned in 1939 to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Constitution. The scene in the painting is representative of Independence Hall in philadelphia, on September 17, 1787. Although only a few hundred pixels wide below, the actual painting is 20 feet by 30 feet! Since none of the people in the painting were alive when the work was started, Christy had stand in models wearing the outfits of the day to fit the part. He also painted at the time when the actual event took place so that the lighting was similar. To make sure the people looked accurate, Mr. Christy found portraits of most of the delegates pictured in the painting and referenced those. Everything in the photo is depicted how it would have been on that day, 200 years earlier.

The rug that George Washington is standing on appears to be an oriental design, but from the painting it is very hard to tell. It also looks custom fit to the stair, but in the end, who knows if this rug was actually in the room, as the painting is basically a collage of people and objects from different time periods.

Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy
Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.aoc.gov/cc/art/sign_constitution.cfm

 

 

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