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When Artwork Speaks: Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution

Despite the absence of photography and combat illustrators, the American Revolutionary War was accurately recorded by a number of artists. Historian Arthur Lefkowitz, author of The Long Retreat, George Washington’s Indispensable Men, Bushnell’s Submarine, and Benedict Arnold’s Army, presents a color slide presentation of 18th century artistry in the form of studio-executed history paintings, portraits, illustrations, and rapidly drawn field sketches. While some of the artwork presented may look familiar, Mr. Lefkowitz offers historical information on each piece, and new insight about the artists who created them. Pictures have been gathered from a variety of museum collections and, using high quality images, interesting details that are frequently lost when the pictures are reproduced in books come to life. Central to the presentation are portraits of George Washington, shown as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Location: Elizabeth Public Library - Main Branch Auditorium. 11 South Broad Street, Elizabeth New Jersey 07202

Audience: Teens, Adults, Seniors

Special Instructions: For more information contact Aimee Fernandez-Puente at 908-354-6060 x. 7220 or

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Earlier Event: February 26
Later Event: February 28
Library Book Discussion Group