Art: Davy in Bean Town

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts got right with the bubble-gum set last week, by exhibiting a rare contemporary portrait of Davy Crockett. Painted by one John Neagle in 1828, it shows Crockett as a freshman Congressman in a flowing tie. The canvas jibes well with a contemporary word picture of Crockett in Washington, which described Davy as "a tall, athletic man with raven-black hair, parted on his forehead and falling upon his neck, with large, keen black eyes and a mild, frank, good-natured expression of face." Just in case any small fry failed to recognize their hero as he really...

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