WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new painting by artist Jon McNaughton tries to capture the essence of “George Washington’s Vision.”
Entitled “The Angel of Liberty,” the painting depicts Russian and Chinese armies invading an American city while the U.S. Capitol Building burns in the background when Washington and a “mysterious visitor” spot the Angel of Liberty coming down from the heavens to save America.
“The ‘Vision of George Washington’ is not so well known by most Americans, but it is worth consideration as our country stands in peril of losing everything we hold dear,” McNaughton wrote. “At a time when our financial solvency and our national security are more vulnerable than we have ever been, what will save us from the doom that lurks at our doorstep?”
McNaughton says he painted this “vision at the triumphant moment when the Angel of Liberty bursts upon the scene.”
Among the Russian and Chinese soldiers, McNaughton inserted a dark figure that represents Satan.
“Some of these soldiers are fleeing and others are in defiance, while still others are surrendering to the light,” McNaughton wrote of the invading soldiers.
Washington’s “Vision” was recounted by Anthony Sherman in the National Tribune in 1880. Sherman reportedly served under Washington at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777. Sherman stated he had a first-hand account of Washington’s vision.
“A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows in sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, “Son of the Republic, look and learn,” I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them,” Sherman wrote.
The “mysterious visitor” from the vision is shown alongside Washington in the painting, pointing him toward the Angel of Liberty.