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I alarmed almost every house till I got to Lexington-Paul Revere

Jacob Lawrence American

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On the night of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere, a Boston silversmith and founding revolutionary, barely escaped capture as he rode through enemy lines across eastern Massachusetts to warn residents that British troops were coming. Revere recalled the events in a 1798 letter from which Lawrence excerpted his title. In this panel, the artist rendered the moment when the patriot paused to whisper military intelligence to the captain of the minutemen. A cloak as black as the galloping horse at the center of the frenzied scene camouflages Revere and his clandestine movements, while several figures dramatically brandish weapons.

I alarmed almost every house till I got to Lexington-Paul Revere, Jacob Lawrence (American, Atlantic City, New Jersey 1917–2000 Seattle, Washington), Tempera on hardboard

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