Bare-Chested George Washington

I did not see this statue while in Washington, D.C. this spring but it was on my mile-long to-do list.

At first glance, the Smithsonian’s bare-chested George Washington statue seems a fine and stately fellow, with little indication of scandal wrapped up beneath the marble folds of his toga. But this unusual depiction of the first American president positively mortified onlookers when it was first displayed in the capital city that bears his name. 


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