Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fourth of July Celebration

The painting above by John Lewis Kimmel is titled July 4th 1819, Philadelphia. Kimmel was a German born immigrant who worked in Philadelphia during the 2nd decade of the 19th Century. The tent on the left hand side of the painting has a tent with a George Washington portrait at the apex; a naval battle illustration and slogan (“Don’t give up the ship!”) from the war of 1812 hangs below. The tent on the extreme right side of the painting has a Pennsylvania State flag (motto "Virtue, Liberty, Independence") flying over an illustration of “the battle of New Orleans.” The building in the background is Benjamin Latrobe’s waterworks.

The image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. I found it in Wikimedia Commons. I added the banner, and I claim the newly modified image as my own copyright.

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