Manny P. here…
Originally entitled Yankee Doodle, it’s one of several versions of a scene painted by A.M. Willard that came to be known as the Spirit of ’76. Often imitated, this is a familiar symbol of our American patriotism.
He joined the 86th Ohio Infantry and proudly fought in the Civil War.
In 1863, Willard painted the iconic image in Wellington, Ohio after he saw a parade passing through the town square. He created several copies, and they hang at different locations including the U.S. Department of State, and Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Willard used his own father as the model for the middle character in his painting.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Until next time> “never forget”