Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Gadsden Flag of 1776 by John Hewson

Modernized 2012 Version

The Rattlesnake Rebel flag of 1776 has become a popular icon. Here is an updated version based upon the work of John Hewson of Philadelphia. The drawing of the rattle snake is from his own had. Hewson also used a slightly different text by using 'upon' instead of 'on.' Finally the snake is facing right towards the upper fly instead - facing sinister it is would be.

Enlarged Original Print in 1776 Philadelphia
by John Hewson

This flag is an element in a larger picture from a personalized handkerchief printed circa 1776 at the request of Martha Washington when she had passed though Philadelphia.

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