In the early 1930s, Christy became interested in large scale historical and allegorical murals and paintings. The primary theme for these paintings, including the present work, was the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In the present work, Christy has incorporated his signature female figure as Lady Liberty. Painted in his sumptuous style, the drapery on the central figure invokes the feeling of movement, while clinging tightly to her body and accentuating her athleticism. A few years after he painted the present work, Christy was commissioned to create a poster for the Sesquicentennial of the United States Constitution in 1935. For this poster, he re-used the imagery of Lady Liberty appearing through the clouds.
This painting was a gift from New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to his Lieutenant Governor, Malcolm Wilson, for his 54th birthday. Following his career in politics, Mr. Wilson served as the Chief Executive Officer for Manhattan Savings Bank from 1977 - 1986. During this time, the present work hung in the Manhattan Savings Bank offices at the Getty Square branch in Yonkers.
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