Drawing relating to the "Early American" series of designs

American
1927
Designed for H. R. Mallinson and Company (American, 1915-1936)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Height x width: 29 15/16 x 23 5/8 in. (76 x 60 cm)

Accession Number

2008.1953.15

Medium or Technique

Hand drawn: pencil on tracing paper.

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Documentation

Preliminary motif designs.”Spirit of ‘76” theme. “

Vignette outlines (empty of finaldetail.)

Motifs include:
Patrick Henry’s speech before the House of Burgesses in Virginia “Give Me Liberty or give me death.”

First battle at Concord

Boston “Tea Party” 1773

Execution of Nathan Hale

Faneuil Hall, Boston

Battle of Bunker Hill

Signing the Declaration of Independence at Philadelphia

Shadow of the Statue of Liberty in background

–notation by Walter Mitschke on back of photo depicting “Spiritof ‘76” design.

–Walter Mitschke. Handwritten information on back of design’s photograph he titled “The Fight for Liberty.”

Provenance

Ex-collection Walter Mitschke, New York; by descent to Ethel B. Adams Waldorf; between 1985-90, gift of Waldorf to her neice Joan Brancale, Hingham, MA; gift of Brancale to the MFA (Accession date: December 31, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert and Joan Brancale