Art restorers removed a 10-by-15-foot, almost 500-pound painting of George Washington from the statehouse in Annapolis, Md., Monday.
The artwork painted in 1859 shows Washington resigning his commission as chief of the Continental Army. It has been hanging on the wall in the state house since 1904.
The paintings will be sent to conservators who will restore both the canvas and the frame. The work is expected to take about a year.