Yesterday we visited ELLICOTT'S HOUSE in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and saw some evidence of William A. Smith's ELLICOTT'S MURAL.
They used a photo of ELLICOTT'S MURAL in this collection of images pertaining to Ellicott's instruments.
The WASHINGTON POST's cartoonist PATRICK M. REYNOLDS copied William A. Smith's ELLICOTT for his cartoon.
Silvio Bedini called ELLICOTT'S MURAL the ELLICOTT/BANNEKER mural http://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_arc_258962?back=%2Fcollections%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3D%2522Bedini%252C%2520Silvio%2520A.%2522
Silvio Bedini http://www.librarything.com/author/bedinisilvioa
A Bedini article in 1991 Spring/Summer issue of WASHINGTON HISTORY may contain some information about ELLICOTT'S MURAL. It is cited here:
I found this quote today on the Web at site called ENCYCLOPEDIA.COM http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Benjamin_Banneker.aspx
"The most accurate representation known may be found on a modern mural painting by the late William H. Smith[sic] of the survey of the federal territory. It hangs in the Maryland House on the John F. Kennedy Highway in Aberdeen, Maryland."
another important link: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/things-do-see/benjamin-banneker-park-circle-and-fountain-african-american-heritage-trail
In my effort to chronicle the future of William A. Smith's Maryland House Murals, I'm putting some images on my blog that I acquired from the Maryland Department of Transportation. I'll keep them up as long as I receive no objections from the State of Maryland or the estate of William A. Smith.
This is the mural of Lord Calvert Negotiating With The Indians that is now in the possession of St. Mary's College. It was altered by an artist named Carli at the request of the Maryland Department of Transportation back in the Eighties. The original artist, William A. Smith, objected to his name continuing to be on this adulterated mural but the Maryland Department of Transportation refused to take his name down. This was one of the cases that led to the drafting and enactment of the federal Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990.
I have been informed that this second portion of the large FOUNDING OF MARYLAND mural depicting The Landing of Lord Calvert was not touched by another artist.
Here's another view of Smith's Landing of Lord Calvert when it was in the Maryland House. It is now in storage.
Here are printed images of both parts of THE FOUNDING OF MARYLAND: Lord Calvert Negotiating With The Indians on the left and The Landing of Lord Calvert on the right.
Here's a circa 1967 image of William A. Smith painting The Landing of Lord Calvert
This is Smith painting Lord Calvert Negotiating With The Indians
I received this email yesterday from Kim Smith, artist William A. Smith's daughter.
|For your sensitive posting of the Baltimore Sun article about the Maryland House murals. Our family so appreciates the attention to this painful episode in our Dad's career. Did you get interested in his work from seeing the painting of Ellicott on the cover of the Bedini book?|
We are not sure what the disposition of the murals will be. My own opinion is that they should go to the National Portrait Gallery or another institution where they will be seen in a proper context.
I understand you will be following this story on your blog. Are you a historian? Please let us know if we can help you in any way.
Thanks to you,