Archibald Willard

Archibald Willard

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title=The Spirit of '76 (aka Yankee Doodle)
artist=Archibald MacNeal Willard
year=circa 1875
museum=United States Department of State

Archibald MacNeal Willard (August 22, 1836October 11, 1918) was an American painter who was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio.cite book |author=Arndt, Ursula; Giblin, James |authorlink= |editor= |others= |title=Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols |edition= |language= |publisher=Clarion Books |location=New York |year=2001 |origyear= |pages= p. 41–43|quote= |isbn=0-618-09654-X |oclc= |doi= |url=,M1|accessdate=]

Willard's most famous work is "The Spirit of '76" (previously known as "Yankee Doodle") which was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition. The original is believed displayed in Abbot Hall (Marblehead, Massachusetts) as Williard painted several variations of the now-famous scene. Another original variations of the work by Williard hang in the United States Department of State. Of note, he used his father as the model for the middle character of the painting. Willard painted three murals in the main hall of the Fayette County, Ohio courthouse in Washington Court House, Ohio: "The Spirit of Electricity", "The Spirit of Telegraphy", and "The Spirit of the Mail".


External links

* [ Ohio Historical Society Online]
* [ Spirit of '76 Museum]

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