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"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."--Alexander Hamilton on human nature and government. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

Artist:
Arthur Williams, born Philadelphia, PA 1917  Search this
Sitter:
Alexander Hamilton  Search this
Medium:
pencil and watercolor on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 17 3/4 x 14 in. (45.1 x 35.7 cm)
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1950
Topic:
Still life\art object\painting  Search this
Allegory\quality\justice  Search this
Portrait male\bust  Search this
Still life\written matter\book  Search this
Still life\other\writing tool  Search this
Still life\tool\scale  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
Object number:
1984.124.305
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk713360a5c-43a1-4041-ac62-df5ff456f2d0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1984.124.305

"It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without might is helpless; might without justice is tyrannical. Justice without might is gainsaid, because there are always offenders; might without justice is condemned. We must then combine justice and might, and for this end make what is just strong, and what is strong just."--Blaise Pascal on might and right. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

Artist:
Dimitri Petrov, born Philadelphia, PA 1919-died Woodstock, NY 1986  Search this
Medium:
gouache, crayon, pastel, and paper on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 15 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. (38.5 x 31.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1951
Topic:
Still life\weapon\sword  Search this
Figure\fragment\arm  Search this
Figure male\full length  Search this
Allegory\quality\justice  Search this
Allegory\quality\fortitude  Search this
Object\weapon\bow and arrow  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
Object number:
1984.124.237
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk79c526fec-6074-4286-97f1-cb22bbc66fb9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1984.124.237

In the state of nature, indeed, all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the laws.--Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748. From the series Great Ideas.

Artist:
Burton Kramer, born New York City 1932  Search this
Medium:
screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 13 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (33.6 x 19.9 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1955
Topic:
Still life\weapon\sword  Search this
Figure female  Search this
Allegory\quality\justice  Search this
Object\tool\scale  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
Object number:
1984.124.166
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk75e33e0a9-890c-45b5-980d-605812fc9dae
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1984.124.166

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