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USCHS: Steam Diplomacy: Sending a Subtle Message in Leutze’s Westward Ho!
November 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
John Laurence Busch will present Steam Diplomacy: Sending a Subtle Message in Leutze’s Westward Ho!
John Laurence Busch will illustrate, through a combination of contextual and circumstantial evidence, why the artist Emanuel Leutze (of Washington Crossing the Delawarefame) 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 is an independent historian who focuses upon the interaction between humanity and technology, with a specialization in first and early second generation steam-powered vessels. His book, Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier (2010), has been widely reviewed by magazines and academic journals on three continents.
The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol, its institutions, and the people who have served therein.