Lunch Bite - A Pensioner of the Revolution

Fri Nov 15, 12:30pm
Presented by: Anderson House & The American Revolution Institute
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Join Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a discussion of the oil portrait A Pensioner of the Revolution, painted in 1830 by John Neagle (1796-1865), and its role in the struggle for federal pensions for Revolutionary War veterans. This somber and arresting view of a poor, elderly man hints at the financial struggles many soldiers of the Revolution faced after the war. According to the artist, the portrait depicts Joseph Winter, a German-born veteran who was living on the streets of Philadelphia when Neagle met him. Moved by the story of this “lone wanderer in a world evincing but little feeling or sympathy for him,” Neagle painted Winter’s portrait and arranged for it to be published as a mezzotint, in the hopes that it would bring attention to the need for comprehensive pension legislation for the men who fought for American freedom.

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