This historical depiction of the coat of arms of Kentucky was illustrated by the American engraver Henry Mitchell in State Arms of the Union, published in 1876 by Louis Prang. The design depicts two men embracing, with the motto “United we stand, divided we fall“. The original Kentucky state seal, adopted in 1792 and designed in 1793, was lost in a fire that destroyed the state capitol in 1814. Because the description originally adopted by the General Assembly did not specify how the “two friends” should look or how they should be embracing, several variants have been produced.
Illustration credit: Henry Mitchell; restored by Andrew Shiva
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