Dear Gilbert, There’s Two “T’s” in “States”

I was told an interesting little bit of information about the copy of the George Washington Lansdowne Portrait that hangs in the East Room of the White House today. At the feet of our nations first President is a copy of the Constitution of The United States along with some other books. However, whom ever made the copy of the painting – the original is housed in the National Portrait Gallery – spelled “States” incorrectly as “Sates”. Ooops.

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Here’s the painting in an older photo:

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