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The Facts Remain the Same,

Only the Meaning Changes:

Picturing the Battle of Brandywine for the 21st Century

Featuring                      Adrian Martinez

Date                                January 22nd

Location               The Gables at Chadds Ford

Start Time                              6PM

Ticket Price                      $50 online

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*Ticket includes meal (salad, dinner & dessert, coffee), lecture, and question & answer session. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase*

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Speaker: Thomas J. McGuire, Author
 
The Archibald Robertson Map of the Battle of Brandywine was discovered in the King’s Map Collection at Windsor Castle in 2000. This amazing document was created in the three days after the battle by Captain Archibald Robertson, a competent artist and talented army engineer. His collection of over 70 wash drawings, now in the New York Public Library together with his journal, are perhaps the greatest eyewitness images we have of the war. Robertson was an eyewitness and participant in the battle, and his carefully surveyed map is the most detailed image we have of how the battlefield actually looked. Robertson included fences, woodlots, buildings, and detailed topography. Together with a four-page key, he takes us through the course of the main parts of the battle, namely Cornwallis’s flank attack and Knyphausen’s push across Chads’s Ford. This map is critical for understanding what actually happened at Brandywine and clarifies many of the primary written account of the battle.
 
About the Speaker:
Thomas J. McGuire is a renowned Rev War era Author; some of his works include The Philadelphia Campaign series and Stop the Revolution.

Speaker: Robert A. Selig Ph.D.

Following the Battle of Brandywine, the British forces remained in the area for several days to not only replenish their supplies, but to collect their dead and wounded from the field of battle. Battlefield clean-up is a topic rarely covered by modern historians yet following almost any military engagement, there are corpses to dispose of. Who does that? When? Where? How? Dr. Robert A. Selig, a renowned military historian and lecturer, will address these and related questions in regards to this often overlooked topic.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Robert Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988. He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and currently serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project (W3R). As part of this project he has researched and written historical and architectural site surveys and resource inventories on the W3R for thirteen of the fourteen states along the route and is currently working on the report for the State of New Hampshire. He has also served as Project Historian for numerous ABPP projects such as the Battles of Brandywine, Paoli, Princeton, Green Spring, Spencer’s Ordinary, Red Bank, Bennington, and Hubbardton. In 2011, the French government honored his research and publications on the contributions to France and her role in the American War of Independence by making him a Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques.

The Facts Remain the Same, Only the Meaning Changes:
Picturing the Battle of Brandywine for the 21st Century

Speaker: Adrian Martinez, Artist

The Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates are proud to invite nationally known artist Adrian
Martinez to present and discuss his latest series of oil paintings, oil sketches, and drawings which
serve as the groundwork for his current project depicting the largest land engagement of the
American Revolution, the Battle of Brandywine, and its immediate aftermath.

Beginning with the recently completed “Cornwallis at Dawn” and “Trimble’s Ford: 10:00am,”
Martinez plans to depict twelve evocative moments inspired by the day long Battle of
Brandywine of September 11, 1777. His presentations will focus on each stage of his process- the
inspiration he draws from the rich history of early America, especially in Chester County, the
sources for his historical research, and his use of photographs, reenactors, and his own
imagination when creating each painting. Martinez will particularly focus on his most recent
painting, “Looting of the Gilpin Home.” The Gilpin home is located within Brandywine
Battlefield Park and was the scene of English and German military confronting the Quaker,
Gideon Gilpin, with the consequences of his support for the American cause.

About the Speaker:

Adrian Martinez is an internationally known professional artist whose work combines a
rigorously classical technique with an intensely emotional vision. He was born in Philadelphia,
PA, but grew up in Washington, D.C. He studied painting and printmaking and received degrees
from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (BFA), St. Martin’s School of Art in
London, England (CS) and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (MA). Adrian is also an
art instructor and lecturer who speaks on subjects which include art history, old master
techniques, art appreciation, and early Pennsylvania History.
Adrian’s work is in public and private collections all over the United States and Europe.
President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush commissioned him to paint two large landscapes
commemorating the National Park’s theme for the White House holiday season in 2007 and
these two works are now installed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Adrian also
designed the White House Holiday Card for President and Mrs. Bush in 2001.
In 2010, Adrian was invited to Ankara University in Turkey to the Artist in Residence
Symposium and two paintings are now part of the Ankara University collection. Some of his
other public works include an 8×16 foot mural installed at Marshall High School in Marshall,
Texas and a 10×20 foot mural which depicts the history of the Waggoner Ranch in the Red
River Valley Museum in Vernon, Texas. He was commissioned by the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia to commemorate St. John Neumann and St. Katherine Drexel with an etching in
2000. Adrian created and curated a show at the Chester County Historical Society centered
around twelve original paintings depicting the history of Southeastern Pennsylvania from 1750 to
1800. Adrian is a member of the Downingtown Friends Meeting, is on the Board of Trustees for
Old Caln Meetinghouse, is a former board member of the Brandywine Battlefield Park
Associates and serves on the Downingtown Planning Commission.

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