October 11, 1918: Archibald Willard Dies

Share on facebook
Facebook 0
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn 0
Share on reddit
Reddit 0
Share on delicious
Delicious
Share on digg
Digg
Share on stumbleupon
StumbleUpon 0
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

 

You don’t know him but you have seen his painting.  Archibald Willard died on October 11, 1918.  A veteran of the Civil War, Willard began painting while he was serving with the 86th Ohio.  After the War he became a professional painter.  His most famous painting is The Spirit of ’76.  Painted in 1875, the painting became famous during the centennial year of 1876.  Willard’s father served as the model for the middle figure.  I have always like the painting.  It recalls the huge national effort it took to win the American Revolution, with the Americans robbing the cradle and the grave to man their armies.

 

Willard is almost completely forgotten today, but his painting has achieved immortality as a classic symbol of the willingness of Americans to risk all for freedom.  I think that would have pleased the old veteran greatly.

More to explorer

Saint Augustine on the Trinity

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and

Saint of the Day Quote:

If my efforts do no more than to hinder one sin, I shall consider them well expended! Saint John Francis Regis

Thomas Lincoln and His Son

Thomas Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln did not have an idyllic father and son relationship.  They were vastly different men, and most historians

One Comment

Comments are closed.