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Surrender at Yorktown, 1781
Isa Barnett
Original acrylic cover
"This Week" Magazine cover 1965

This work is a very unusual and significant piece of original artwork. The artwork is "England's Surrender at Yorktown, the birth of a democracy" painted by Isa Barnett which was originally published nationally on the July 4, 1965 cover of "This Week" magazine (a Sunday supplement similar to today's "Parade" magazine).

In the summer of 1781, after six years of the Revolutionary War, the American Army was struggling. The British military seemed in command. Finally, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Yorktown, Virginia, after a five-day bombardment the combined American and French forces attacked and overwhelmed British commander Charles Cornwallis' fortified British position on the night of October 14 in a decisive victory and the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War.

Days later on October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis formally surrendered his 8,000 soldiers and seamen to a Franco-American force led by George Washington at Yorktown bringing the American Revolutionary War to a close.

According to a widely recounted report, the defeated British army departed the battlefield to strains of "The World Turned Upside Down," a then-popular song whose words expressed the sentiments of the day. Today this song (now called "Yorktown) about the battle has been reprised in the popular Broadway musical "Hamilton" and depicts the war's final battles:

If ponies rode men and grass ate cows,
And cats were chased into holes by the mouse . . .
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.



Isa Barnett lived in the Philadelphia area and had his art published in Argosy, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Outdoor Life, American Heritage, and This Week. He taught at the Philadelphia Museum School and the Philadelphia College of Art.

This historical painting comes framed in a subtle suede mat and gold wooden frame.


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Title: Surrender at Yorktown, 1781
Artist: Isa Barnett
Art Type: Original Artwork
Medium: Acrylic
Media: On artist's board
Style: With Frame
Image Size: 17 x 19
Availability: In Stock
Price: $4500

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