Saturday, October 6, 2012
My ancestors Susanna and William White leaving Holland before their trip on the Mayflower.
Embarkation of the Pilgrims at Delft Haven, Holland, July 22, 1620, by Robert W. Weir. Oil on canvas, 12' x 18.' Located in the Capitol Rotunda. Placed December 21, 1843. In 1836, the United States government commissioned Robert W. Weir to paint The Picture of the Embarkation of the Pilgrims from Delft Haven in Holland "for filling the vacant panels in the rotunda of the Capital" in Washington, D.C. It was one of several large scale (12’ x 18’) paintings chosen to represent significant historical moments leading to the founding of the American Republic. Completed in 1843, it depicts the Pilgrim families gathered around their pastor, John Robinson, for a farewell service on the deck of the Speedwell before its departure from Holland. Weir worked on the Embarkation for over seven years. The left lower couple in the front, kneeling on the deck are depictions of Susanna and William White.
Apparently it's also on the back of the U.S. $10,000 bill. I didn't know there was such a thing.
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Posted by North County Film Club at 3:23 PM