Old Friends


This building was used by the Marquis de Lafayette as his residence and headquarters during the Battle of the Brandywine in September 1777. The sycamore tree in the foreground was there when he occupied the house. In fact, that tree is so old that this 300 year-old farm was named after it. It is recognized as a Constitution Tree, because it was alive when the Constitution of the United States was signed.

The tree is absolutely massive. Its circumference must be at least twenty-five feet at its base. The house is impressive in its own way, as well. These two old friends have stood side-by-side for hundreds of years.

This was a subject that NC Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth painted (much better!!) as well. NC's painting, "Buttonwood Farm" is on display in the Reading Public Museum, and Andrew's painting, "Pennsylvania Landscape" is at the Brandywine River Museum.

The painting is 20 inches wide by 16 inches high. It is an oil on a board. I wrote a blog entry about the process of painting this - Check it out:

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