Art: Spirit of '76

Known to every U. S. schoolboy are two historic U. S. paintings: Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze and The Spirit of '76 by Archibald M. Willard. Some may be aware that the first hangs in Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art but few indeed know that the original of The Spirit of '76 is the particular pride of Marblehead, Mass, where it adorns that smug Boston suburb's ancient Abbott Hall.

It has been estimated that more reproductions of this picture than of any other single painting are to be found in U. S. homes....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!