"Solomon and the American Revolution"   Lot no. 235

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By Frank J. Reilly (1906-1967)

1976
30.00" x 40.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right

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By the time of 1776, the tide has turned and the Continental Army is beginning to pile up victories. It is still, however, massively underfunded. General Washington is without readily available cash. Into this breach steps Haym Solomon (1740-1785), the guy who arranged financing to keep the Continental Army alive during its darkest days, finding the money to keep the revolution going when many were ready to throw in the towel. 
With his merchant finance business up and running, he uses his own personal profits from the enterprise directly to the revolution. According to records of the time, he extends no-interest "loans", many of which were never repaid, to James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others. This illustration portrays Haym Solomon helping fund the American Revolutionary government andFran military.

This Frank J. Reilly illustration was used for Haym Salomon Bicentennial Catchet Cover Masionic Stamp Club of Philadelphia 1976 (Image attached).

 

By the time of 1776, the tide has turned and the Continental Army is beginning to pile up victories. It is still, however, massively underfunded. General Washington is without readily available cash. Into this breach steps Haym Solomon (1740-1785), the guy who arranged financing to keep the Continental Army alive during its darkest days, finding the money to keep the revolution going when many were ready to throw in the towel. 


With his merchant finance business up and running, he uses his own personal profits from the enterprise directly to the revolution. According to records of the time, he extends no-interest "loans", many of which were never repaid, to James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others. This illustration portrays Haym Solomon helping fund the American Revolutionary government and military.


Frank J. Reilly (1906-1967) was noted as "the number 1 art teacher in America." Reilly is noted for developing a means of organizing the palette. His value studies and chroma organization are still taught as the primary methods of oil paint organization. Reilly studied with Frank DuMond at the Art Students League of New York. He taught at the Grand Central School of Art, The Art Students League of New York and other art schools as well as establishing his own art school. Reilly was the main influence on George Passantino. He is credited with the mosaic mural in The Bronx High School of Science's front lobby. Reilly's influence continues today through the teaching and art of Michael Aviano and Jack Faragasso as well as their students Jon deMartin and Graydon Parrish.

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