"Son of Israel"   Lot no. 3056

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By Harold Von Schmidt (American- 1893-1982)

1934 (Estimated)
40.25" x 15.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed and Dated 'Harold/von/Schmidt/1934' (lower left)

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This piece depicts the Revolutionary hero Haym Salomon. Salomon was born in Poland in 1740 and sailed to New York around 1772, where he soon joined the Sons of Liberty.  Arrested by the British as a spy in 1776, Salomon parlayed his forced position as an interpreter for the Hessians to help prisoners of the British escape and encouraged the Hessians to desert the war effort. Arrested again in 1778, he was sentenced to death, but managed to escape to the rebel capital of Philadelphia, where he resumed his career as a broker and dealer in securities.  Salomon was highly instrumental in financing the Revolution, advancing direct loans to the new United States Congress and also gave generously from his own resources to pay the salaries of many army officers and government officials, including James Madison. When both the Continental Army and Congress ran out of money, Washington appealed to Salomon for help. Salomon raised $20,000 through the sale of bills of exchange enabling Washington to march on Yorktown and win the war.


LITERATURE
Elks Magazine, June 1934, illustrated. 
C.S. Hart, George Washington's Son of Israel and Other Forgotten Heroes of History, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1937, cover illustration.

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