(1836 - 1918)
Archibald McNeal Willard was active/lived in Ohio. Archibald Willard is known for figure, genre, history, illustrator.
Biography Archibald Willard
Born in Bedford, Ohio, Archibald Willard was primarily an illustrator and muralist but remains best known for his painting, Spirit of '76, which he did at the suggestion of photographer J.F. Ryder for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. The models for this work were his father and two friends, and he produced at least four versions of the painting. From his grandfather a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and his father, a fundamentalist preacher, he learned a deep sense of patriotism. During his childhood, he moved often as his father was assigned a series of parishes in northern Ohio.
Early on, Willard was a carriage painter by trade, beginning in Ohio under the tutelage of E.S. Tripp. He s
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