Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bunker Hill

I often feature galleries of other artists' works, but I am pleased to showcase some art of my own.  All these pictures were created using the designs of soldiers that are printed in my paper soldier book Bunker Hill Attack (available at http://throughallages.com/awi-bunker-hill-paper-soldiers.html)
The first picture is a study of an infantryman of the British 5th Regiment of Foot.  The 5th was known for its distinctive gosling-green lapels and cuffs.  The cartridge box badge features the regimental mascot of Saint George slaying the dragon.
Moving on, we see the Patriot defenders as they man their defenses on Breed's Hill.  The Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breed's Hill.  The flag is known as the "Bunker Hill Flag" and is based on John Trumbull's painting.

But the defenders of Breed's Hill began to run out of ammunition as the British mounted another determined attack.  This time, they overran the dirt walls and closed with the defenders.  In this picture, British Marines clamber over the walls and charge the defenders with bayonets--a weapon that few Americans owned.  The battle ended a British victory, but as Sir Henry Clinton observed, " A few more such victories would have shortly put an end to British dominion in America."

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