Dennis Lyall (American, B. 1946) "1888 Presidential Campaign Badge" Signed lower right. Original Oil painting on Canvas.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 37c Campaign Badge stamp issued April 3, 2003.
Celebrating America's centuries-old love affair with Old Glory, this art depict a presidential campaign badge from 1888 which prominently incorporates the American flag into its design. A fascinating example of 19th-century political memorabilia, the badge features a miniature brass canteen. Inset into the canteen's middle is a cardboard photograph of Benjamin Harrison, who became America's 23rd president. Inscribed on the canteen are the words, "We drank from the same canteen, 1861-1865." The canteen itself is suspended from a bar engraved with the year of the campaign, 1888. Above the bar, the eagle and shield of the United States form the badge's majestic crown. A ribbon replicating the American flag hangs behind the canteen, infusing this curious campaign memento with powerful patriotic meaning. Since the flag was first adopted by the Continental Congress in 1777, this powerful symbol of American patriotism has flown over some of the remotest spots on the planet ... as well as beyond. Captain Robert Gray sailed around the world in 1787 and discovered the Columbia River, bringing Old Glory with him. In 1909, explorer Robert Peary planted a flag sewn by his wife at the North Pole. Climber Barry Bishop placed a flag atop the summit of Mount Everest in 1963. And, in 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong triumphantly erected an American flag on the surface of the Moon, its stars and stripes held perpetually unfurled over the windless landscape by a metal bar along its top edge.
Image Size: 12 x 14 in.
Overall Size: 15.5 x 18 in.
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