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The first canvas depicts that battle famous for Colonel William Prescott's command to his militiamen to 'Hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes.'
FORT WORTH, TX, May 29, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- DFW Elite Toy Museum is exhibiting two works by noted 19th and early 20th century painter Darius Cobb. The first canvas depicts that battle famous for Colonel William Prescott's command to his militiamen to "Hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes."
The militiamen were low on ammunition and needed to make every shot count. They had fortified Breed's Hill because it was closer to Boston than Bunker Hill and repulsed two advances of British forces before ceding the hill to the redcoats on their third try to take it.
The battle was a Pyrrhic victory for the British who suffered heavy casualties in the battle that took place on June 17, 1775. The colonists were energized by their success in repulsing two British advances and by their ability to fight effectively against the leading army of the age.
"The drama of the battle is really captured by Cobb's beautiful 5-foot by 3-foot canvas," said Ron Sturgeon, proprietor of the non-profit toy museum. A photo of the artist painting the piece in the early 1900s obtained from one of his descendants will also be on display.
Cobb's other work is another similar sized oil painting entitled "Evacuation of Boston Harbor." It commemorates the British withdrawal from Boston on March 17, 1776. "Washington's success in bringing in cannons and positing them in the Dorchester Heights helped to resolve the siege of Boston in the rebels' favor and kept the cause of liberty alive," said Curator Rodney Ross.
The museum will have a special viewing on Friday, July 6, 2018, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Come and see these wonderful patriotic paintings. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. The museum is open weekdays from 9 am until 4 pm and Saturdays by appointment.
About DFW Elite Toy Museum
Called "the repository of cool stuff" by the Fort Worth Star Telegram, DFW Elite Toy Museum is home to more than 3,000 rare and antique toys and other historical items. Admission is free. To learn about current exhibits or arrange group tours, visit DFWEliteToyMuseum.com or call (817) 834-3625.
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