|A small portion of the original Pantheon de la Guerre (temple of war) by Pierre Carrier-Belleuse and Auguste Gorguet.|
|A few of the nearly 6,000 life-size|
portraits from the painting.
|The Belgian section of the Pantheon de la Guerre with King Albert and a Cardinal.|
|A detail of the original painting depicts a British nursing sister.|
However, as paintings go, even the largest painting in the world (at the time) had a somewhat limited "shelf life." By 1927, interest had started to wane. The French sold it to three American businessmen who wanted to take it on a U.S. tour. They paid something on the order of $250,000, which was a princely sum at the time. Together with the French they arranged a high-profile sendoff. The creators of the painting were opposed to the sale, fearing they would never see it again, although the buyers promised to eventually return it. The "sail-away" party involved ambassadors and bands playing national anthems, in the hope that the Panthéon de la Guerre would cement Franco-American relations. A few modifications were made for the American tour, most notably the inclusion of more women and African-Americans.
|A portion of the painting (as edited) at the Kansas City World War I Memorial.|
|A program cover from the 1933 World Fair featuring the Panthéon de la Guerre.|
|The Panthéon de la Guerre being uncrated.|
|Daniel MacMorris reconfiguring the painting.|
|MacMorris and two assistants "edit" the painting.|
|The "Americanized" central section of the Panthéon de la Guerre today.|