"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 8, 2016

Francis Scott Key

This 1912 painting entitled "By the Dawn's Early Light" by Edward Percy Moran hangs in the Star Spangled Banner Flag House Museum in Baltimore Maryland.
"From his vantage point aboard an American cartel ship, being detained alongside the British fleet, Francis Scott Key witnessed the Star-Spangled Banner Flag, made by Mary Pickersgill waving over Fort McHenry, signifying an American victory after the 25 hour British bombardment." -- Flag House Museum

In the distance the garrison flag flys over fort McHenry.

The Star Spangled Banner

E. Percy Moran's Signature uses a Greek sigma for the E and is followed by a swastika.
I don't know the significance of this swastika but having been written in 1912, it probably does not refer to the Nazi party who began using the symbol in the  1920's.

 © Σ Percy Moran

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