“Steam Diplomacy: Sending a Subtle Message in Leutze’s Westward Ho!”: Lecture by USCHS Fellow John Laurence Busch

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Date(s) - Wed, Nov 14, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Veterans of Foreign Wars Building


Event Description

John Laurence Busch will illustrate, through a combination of contextual and circumstantial evidence, why the artist Emanuel Leutze painted a steamship in the Capitol’s Westward the Course of Empire Takes its Way (or, in shorthand, Westward Ho!), when no such vessel had been shown in either of Leutze’s prior two studies. Busch will conclude by suggesting that the final work, located at the southwestern steps to the House Gallery, may be seen as an excellent artistic example of “steam diplomacy.”

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