Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Willard's Spirit

Spirit of '76
Archibald Mac Neal Willard

(The fife player, Hugh Mosher, is one of my ancestors)


Chip Ahoy said...

That is such a realistic picture of war. I always wondered why people played a musical instrument in the middle of a battle. Once someone explained they had drummer boys to keep cadence and a guy holding the flag was important so everybody could keep focused, but here we have three musicians marching right past a dead guy with dark smoke all around.

Internet Ronin said...

The critics then said Willard's work was "not art." I believe that that is the generally accepted view among professional critics today, as well.

FWIW, I thought that guy in the lower right was dying but not dead as it seemed he was raising his cap in his hand at the dight of the flag.

Thanks for leaving a comment, C.A. Enjoyed looking at your work on your blog & website, BTW.