Embarkation Of The Pilgrims Analysis

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Robert W. Weir, Embarkation of the Pilgrims. Commissioned 1837; placed 1844. Capitol Rotunda. In this painting it indicates the obvious, religious significance that symbolizes an image of morals and the spiritual terms of the American destiny. The Pilgrims gathering together on the deck of the ship Speedwell, a symbol of progress for the Pilgrims that transported them to the New World, as they pray with the Bible centered dominating the picture with its whiteness, and “the words "God with us" appear on the sail in the upper left corner. The figures at the center of the composition are William Brewster, holding the Bible; Governor Carver, kneeling with head bowed and hat in hand; and pastor John Robinson, with extended arms, looking Heavenward.

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