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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / A New Nation

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

Redcoats, The SOLD

Slowly, methodically, the British stranglehold on New York City in August of 1776 tightened. Gen. George Washington and his officers planned to defend Manhattan block by block; but first they hoped to hold on to at least part of Long Island by constructing a stronghold around Brooklyn Heights and farther east on Gowanus Heights. Troops under Generals Israel Putnam and John Sullivan established defensive positions they hoped could at least bloody the British. The British moved quickly and efficiently, however, while the American dispositions were clumsy. Howe's redcoats and German troops deftly outflanked and routed the Continentals. Washington, stunned at the defeat, reportedly shouted "Good God! What brave fellows I must this day lose" as he watched his men fall dead or wounded.

Date Created: 2013

Medium: mixed media

Image Size: 14" x 20-1/2"


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2022. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.