: Archibald Willard (1836-1918) is one of Ohio's best-known painters and was born in Bedford, Ohio, in 1836. In 1855, he and his family moved to Wellington, Ohio, where Willard became an apprentice to E.S. Tripp and gained experience and training as an artist. During the American Civil War, Willard enlisted in the 86th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He began to draw pictures of what he saw during the war and, in partnership with James F. Ryder, began to sell reproductions of his work. In 1875, Willard moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he set up a studio. It was in Cleveland where Willard painted his most famous work, which he called "Yankee Doodle." Eventually it became know as "The Spirit of 76." He died in 1918. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL04086 Subjects
: Artists--Ohio; Cultural Ohio--Art and Artists; Ohio--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories; Places
: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)