Purdue installs famous painting on President’s Day

Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)
Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A famous painting is currently on display at Purdue University.

The famous painting captures America’s fight for independence. The artwork is now on display at the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall on Purdue’s campus.

The piece, “Washington Crossing the Delaware” is an authorized copy of the 1851 original by Emanuel Leutze. It was commissioned in 1969 by Ann Hawkes Hutton in memory of her late husband – Leon John Hutton, a 1929 Purdue graduate and World War II veteran.

It was installed yesterday – quite appropriately – on Presidents Day. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said the Class of 1950 building is only a temporary home. The work is destined for the new active learning center.

Daniels said the painting will be on loan to the university for the next 25 years.

Its previous home was the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif.

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