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Wax Figures Show (Real George Washington
Forbes ^ | February 17, 2006 | Richard Pyle

Posted on 02/17/2006 2:31:10 AM PST by Majie Purple

News 02/17/2006 00:13:06 EST Wax Figures Show 'Real' George Washington By RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - In a former box factory on an old Brooklyn street named for him, half a mile from where his defeated army escaped by night to fight another day, George Washington has all but come back to life. Not just one George Washington, but three - the 19-year-old wilderness surveyor, the 45-year-old Revolutionary War general and the 57-year-old president on his inauguration day in 1789.

The trio of life-size wax figures, created by British-born artists Stuart Williamson and Sue Day, is destined for a new $95 million permanent exhibit at Washington's estate in Mount Vernon, Va. "The Real George Washington" will open to the public next October.

While a 1785 terra-cotta bust and plaster life mask by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon and several portraits by American painter Charles Wilson Peale are considered the most accurate likenesses, StudioEIS director Ivan Schwartz says his team of sculptors also meets Washington's own definition of artists as "doorkeepers of the temple of fame."

"People will look at these figures and be sort of awe-struck, but they will make people think in a different way," Schwartz says. "This is wonderful speculation about what he looked like."

The idea of depicting the "real" Washington at three important moments in his life originated with James Rees, executive director at Mount Vernon, who says he realized Americans knew the mythological Washington who could not tell a lie and threw a dollar across the Rappahannock, but not the Washington chosen by his fellow founders to lead both the revolution and the new nation.

"A lot of it goes back to the classroom," Rees says. "My school history textbook in 1966 had 10 times as many lines about Washington as books used today. And visitors to Mount Vernon kept telling us in exit surveys that 'you haven't taught me anything about him.'

"The only Washington they know is the one on the dollar bill. They use words like stiff, old, grumpy, and, worst of all, boring."

Rees notes that even the Washington Monument on the National Mall has no statue or inscribed quotations from the man it honors.

Thus the decision to present the "real" George Washington - not the benign squire of Mount Vernon tending his gardens and livestock, but the man of action, charting the forests, on horseback in war and in the political arena. "We figured the place to start was to show young people what he really looked like," Rees says.

None of the wax versions resemble the tightlipped face on the dollar bill, but they do reflect the changes caused by progressive tooth loss that began at age 22 and in later life distorted the shape of his jaw and required him to wear dentures made of human and animal teeth. Washington was born Feb. 22, 1732, and died at the age of 67.

Because no portrait exists of him before age 38, the face of the young surveyor was based on age-regression technology used by Jeffrey Schwartz, a University of Pittsburgh anthropology professor (no relation to Ivan) to determine how he probably looked at age 19.

The wax models will incorporate copies of real artifacts - a Continental Army uniform owned by the Smithsonian Institution, snippets of his reddish hair and the suit in which he may have taken the oath of office, both from Mount Vernon's collection.

By measuring five pieces of clothing he is known to have worn, it was determined that Washington stood 6 feet 2 inches "plus seven-eighths in his shoes," Ivan Schwartz says.

During a recent visit to StudioEIS on historic Washington Street, the nearly completed President-elect Washington, in brown suit and buckled shoes, stood a few feet from Gen. Washington in uniform astride a wooden mock-up that looked less like a horse than a mechanical bull in a Texas saloon. Both figures were painted in lifelike flesh tones, and a hint of dark stubble suggested the general hadn't shaved before reviewing his troops at Valley Forge that morning.

Nearby, Day was touching up the strong-chinned face of the teenage Washington. A deft brush stroke of clear acrylic brought sudden life to the blue eyes. When completed, that figure would be suitably dressed for mapping the Shenandoah wilderness in 1750.

Schwartz says it didn't initially occur to him how close his studio was to real history - the East River boat landing where, in 1776, Washington's army fled to Manhattan after its defeat by the redcoats in the Battle of Brooklyn.

Williamson, a former chief sculptor at Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London who also works in stone and wood, found it ironic that two Brits were being asked to re-create their country's chief nemesis. But both he and Day, a former Tussaud's makeup expert, were impressed by the subject.

"I've worked on many figures that were the flavor of the moment, but none with the staying power of George Washington," Day says. "I've learned more about him than I ever knew."

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On the Net:

http://www.studioEIS.com

http://www.mountvernon.org


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: exploredc; famousfirsts; generalinterest; georgewashington; historicalfirsts; mountvernon; museum; pastthebuck; presidentialphotos; presidents; threelifestages; waxfigures
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Thought this a timely post considering that President's Day is on Monday.
1 posted on 02/17/2006 2:31:12 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj
Welcome to Free Republic. The correct source and a working link to the original article has been added.

In the future, please be sure to give proper attribution and provide a working link whenever you post published material.

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2 posted on 02/17/2006 2:46:14 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

I have been to Mt. Vernon a couple of times. Last time, it was on President's Day weekend, and it was mobbed. I live close enough to be able to drop by from time to time.
It's a fascinating place to visit, and it is at it's best in the springtime.

And there's nothing dry, stuffy or boring about George Washington, at all!

Welcome aboard. :-)


3 posted on 02/17/2006 2:52:19 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you! I almost had it all complete! I'll get it down...Thanks for your patience;kindness and work on my behalf! Sighned a thankful Newbie...


4 posted on 02/17/2006 3:00:33 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Riley

Thanks for the "welcome aboard!" You couldn't sleep either huh? {:O)}


5 posted on 02/17/2006 3:05:37 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

I had to get up for work. I don't like to rush in the morning- I take some time to wake up properly. Checking FR is on my morning list of things to do. I am a raging history buff- so history-related articles catch my eye. :-)

Cheers! (waves mug of coffee)


6 posted on 02/17/2006 3:11:59 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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FYI fellow Newbies just puting Associated Press for the source like I did isn't specific enough. Thanks again Moderator for puting Forbs in as the source...I didn't see that. I got the article from Top Stories From my ISP's Home Page and all they had was all I copied to post here for folks.


7 posted on 02/17/2006 3:26:33 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Oh- if you're in the area and interested in George Washington- his boyhood home at Fredericksburg (Ferry Farm) is also an attraction. It's about a 35-40 minute drive south of DC.

http://www.kenmore.org/ferryfarm_homepage.html

I had to laugh when I was standing on the bluffs at Mt Vernon and recalled the oft-told tale of 'Washington throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac'. The river is about a mile wide there. It was probably actually a piece of slate across the Rappahannock at Ferry Farm- and that isn't easy, either.
More... http://www.kenmore.org/foundation/pic_of_week/pic_of_week.html


8 posted on 02/17/2006 3:28:07 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: TPartyType

Pingaroo for you my Brother!


9 posted on 02/17/2006 3:29:30 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Riley

Thanks for the story and those links for folks to view!
Thanks for bumping by as they say around here...


10 posted on 02/17/2006 3:36:10 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

No problem. I see at the Ferry Farm website that there is a 'stone throw' across the Rappahannock tomorrow. That might be just the excuse I need to drive down there.


11 posted on 02/17/2006 3:40:03 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Purple Mountains Maj
BTTT
12 posted on 02/17/2006 5:32:08 AM PST by TPartyType
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To: indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; mainepatsfan; timpad; ...

The Washongton Family Coat of Arms

RevWar/Colonial History/General Washington ping list (FreepMail me if you want to be placed on or taken off this list)

13 posted on 02/18/2006 3:38:03 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy; Purple Mountains Maj

14 posted on 02/18/2006 4:12:46 AM PST by Cagey ("Soldiers, keep by your officers. For God's sake, keep by your officers!")
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To: Pharmboy; Purple Mountains Maj

Sue Day holds the wax head of the 19-year-old version of George Washington in the Brooklyn, N.Y., office of StudioEIS. (Sun photo by Lloyd Fox)

15 posted on 02/18/2006 4:14:31 AM PST by Cagey ("Soldiers, keep by your officers. For God's sake, keep by your officers!")
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To: Cagey

Thanks, Cagey. I had wanted to see the 19 y/o GW head, but couldn't find it. Much appreciated.


16 posted on 02/18/2006 5:00:37 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Riley
While you are at it, Might as well take in his birthplace, too Wakefield.
17 posted on 02/18/2006 5:11:27 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thank you. It's now on my list of trips to take here.


18 posted on 02/18/2006 5:22:28 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Riley
You are welcome. It was a popular destination for class trips when I was a kid. Stratford Hall, the birthlace of Robert E. Lee, is not far from there, either, if you are so inclined. Well worth a visit, also, imo.
19 posted on 02/18/2006 5:29:45 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Thanks for posting. Interesting stuff.


20 posted on 02/18/2006 5:58:29 AM PST by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Pharmboy; Purple Mountains Maj
Very interesting! Happy Presidents Day!
21 posted on 02/18/2006 7:23:08 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Embrace peace- Hug an American soldier- the real peace keepers.)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks for posting the lovely graphic! and for pinging all those folks to the article...Happy President's Day.(Mon.)


22 posted on 02/18/2006 10:27:47 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Cagey

Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a graphic here too...Wow...What fun!


23 posted on 02/18/2006 10:30:19 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for adding your presence and the link here for folks.


24 posted on 02/18/2006 10:32:34 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Pharmboy

Well, at least they're not putting him on 42nd street.


25 posted on 02/18/2006 10:33:33 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: Riley

Hi again "Ri!"


26 posted on 02/18/2006 10:33:58 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: hedgetrimmer

Thank you for the compiment and I thank you for reading it and taking the time to comment.


27 posted on 02/18/2006 10:36:15 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Cagey

Peale was very young when he painted his first Washington. However, there is a photograph of Peale in old age, which for me puts Washington and the Revolution practically in current events.


28 posted on 02/18/2006 10:37:05 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Diva Betsy Ross

Thank you very much! And Happy Presidents Day to you too!
Take care!


29 posted on 02/18/2006 10:41:03 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: TPartyType; All

2nd ping...look Bro.!At how many are bumping by! Thanks to all!


30 posted on 02/18/2006 10:46:07 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Someone's addicted to FReeping . . .


31 posted on 02/18/2006 11:39:40 AM PST by TPartyType
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To: Purple Mountains Maj; Pharmboy

George Washington's 274th Birthday Celebration!

Saturday and Sunday, February 18 & 19
Join General Washington for a sample of his favorite morning meal, cooked over an open fire from 9 a.m. - noon (while supplies last). See America's Smallest Hometown Parade at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, February 20
FREE admission for all visitors!
Enjoy musical and military performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps and the Commander-in-Chief's Guard. Festivities begin after a 10 a.m. ceremony at Washington's tomb. America's Smallest Hometown Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m.

BUY 1 DAY, GET 364 FREE!

Buy your Annual Pass to Mount Vernon on the national observance of Washington's Birthday and save $5! Adult passes, regularly $18, will be on sale for the price of single-day admission, just $13. Add youth (6-11) for just $9 each. Available Monday, February 20 only.

Additional Activities Throughout the Day:

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Visit the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site and the 16-sided barn. Walk the quarter-mile Forest Trail.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Slave Life at Mount Vernon, special interpretation in
the Slave Quarters on the north lane (daily in February).

11:00 a.m.-noon & 2:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
General Washington will be pleased to receive your birthday greetings! Find him near the Mansion.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Book Singing at the Shops at Mount Vernon
George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen

FREE Parking courtesy of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and Mount Vernon High School. Shuttles hosted by the Mount Vernon Volunteers.

http://www.mountvernon.org/calendar/index.cfm/cfid/3973173/cftoken/38126431


32 posted on 02/18/2006 11:50:47 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta (There's always a reason to choose life.)
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To: TPartyType

"Someone's addicted to FReeping . . ."

You got that right Bro! Thanks for introducing me to this Site! Hope You don't mind all the share with You pings! I'm pretty sure You welcome said pings...as do I...Take Care,LY!


33 posted on 02/18/2006 12:42:46 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sounds like fun...And good histoically based eats!Eat something during the meal for me!


34 posted on 02/18/2006 12:47:12 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Hi again!

Didn't make it to Ferry Farm today, unfortunately. Groggy, had laundry to do, and it dropped down to freezing. Not seriously cold, but cold enough to dampen my enthusiasm. Oh well.


35 posted on 02/18/2006 2:30:05 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Riley

I've just spent several very enjoyable hours jumping off from the first link you provided, reveling in the history of George Washington, his homes, his life, early America, etc. What a ride.

Thank you very much.


36 posted on 02/18/2006 6:37:55 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: GretchenM

You're quite welcome! I am a big history buff- I really enjoy haunting the history related sites around here.

Washington was an exceptional and fascinating man. The more I read about him, the higher my opinion of him goes.

I'd drive over to Mt. Vernon tomorrow, but I did that last year on 'President's Day', and it was a zoo. I'll wait for spring to come, then do it in the middle of the week. I hate crowds.

President's Day BTW- is a HUGE big deal in Oldtown Alexandria, Virginia. There is a spectacular parade there- re-enactor units and actors playing the presidents and each of the armed services sends a platoon-sized drill unit. It's really a lot of fun to watch.


37 posted on 02/18/2006 7:28:40 PM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: GretchenM; Riley

Hello there Gretchen! How are Ya? Thanks for coming and I'm glad Riley placed those links for you & others to explore! Cool!


38 posted on 02/19/2006 2:54:15 AM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Cagey
Wow!

That wax head in post #15 looks just like DATA...that android character from the television show 'Star Trek, the Next Generation'.

39 posted on 02/19/2006 3:02:44 AM PST by OriginalIntent (The ACLU has a very clear record. They are clearly Anti-Christian Bigots and Marxists.)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj; All

http://www.houseofwaterdancer.com/images/american-history/Revolutionary-War/washington-george/washington-george-01.JPG


40 posted on 02/19/2006 4:04:57 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj; All

http://www.studioeis.com/


41 posted on 02/19/2006 4:33:54 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

http://www.exploredc.org/link.php?url=http://www.mountvernon.org


42 posted on 02/19/2006 4:39:13 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

I see you got your newbie spankin' in LOL. I'm glad you posted the thread. FR has such wonderful resources.

I'm glad you stepped out there and went for it.

God bless.


43 posted on 02/19/2006 5:12:58 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Cagey

That's not George Washington, that's Lt. Data!


44 posted on 02/19/2006 5:15:09 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee's birthplace


45 posted on 02/19/2006 5:21:42 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: GretchenM; administrator; All

GM"I see you got your newbie spankin' in LOL. I'm glad you posted the thread. FR has such wonderful resources.

I'm glad you stepped out there and went for it.

God bless."

Oh...you must be refering to the Administrator's schooling me re: listing the correct source?...LOL...Yeah I did feel the need to over explain why after that...I'm glad The Moderator was nice about my Newbie Newbie Newness! & went ahead and listed the correct sources...Well, one source anyway...They put Forbs on there for me.
Nnnniiiiccce!

*To be clear to all in recipient box the only reason I'm including the Administrator is because I am refering back to that in my post here...Nothin' major LOL! For Context giving purposes only...


46 posted on 02/19/2006 6:26:02 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: silent_jonny
Here comes a whole day/night of find 'em fun for You Jonny!...You're so very much worth doing all the HTML Code for! :)



47 posted on 06/05/2007 1:46:18 AM PDT by Majie Purple (I (HEART SHAPE HERE) FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: silent_jonny
!!!

I rec'd your FRmail - and am so glad the music is blessing you.

48 posted on 06/05/2007 1:57:54 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj
You will be missed!


49 posted on 10/24/2007 8:13:19 PM PDT by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

We’ll keep the light on for you,never fear!!


50 posted on 10/24/2007 8:18:47 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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