Kazimierz Wojniakowski (1772 -1812) Portrait of Tadeusz Kosciuszko
From the National Gallery in Poznan.
Size of the reproduction approx. 8.25" L 11.25" H
Silk screen on canvas. Ready to frame.
Born in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of his time, Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817) was a Polish, Lithuanian, American, and Belarusian national hero and military general. Kosciuszko fought as a Colonel in the American Revolutionary War, Lieutenant General in the Polish-Russian War of 1792, and Commander-in-Chief of the Kosciuszko Uprising in 1794. As one of Poland's most brilliant military commanders of the time, Kosciuszko receive the Virtuti Militari Medal, Poland's highest military decoration even today, for his leadership in the War of 1792. He aided many U.S. slaves to obtain their freedom and completely freed all his own serfs. Mikael Dziewanowski identified him as a "pioneer of emancipation and a spokesman for racial democracy and justice in eighteenth-century America" and Thomas Jefferson regarded him "as pure a son of liberty as I have ever known." All around the world many places now bear his name in commemoration.