George Washington’s Dentures: Disability, Deception, and the Republican Body

  title={George Washington’s Dentures: Disability, Deception, and the Republican Body},
  author={Jennifer Van Horn},
  journal={Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  pages={2 - 47}
  • J. V. Horn
  • Published 25 February 2016
  • History
  • Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
George Washington’s dentures are well-known but understudied. This article examines the first president’s extant dentures along with medical texts, satirical prints, portraits, novels and elocution manuals that circulated around the Atlantic to argue that by concealing his tooth loss Washington’s dentures enabled him to perform republican virtue. Inserting Washington’s false teeth into early Americans’ larger cultural interest in deception, made evident in trompe l’oeil painting, reveals the… 
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