Portrait. American flag. One of a series of portraits of heroes of the War of 1812.

Portrait of Captain Samuel Chester Reid, 1815

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  45.6

Captain Samuel Reid was one of the heroes of the War of 1812, defeating the British in 1814 and saving New Orleans from British conquest. In 1817, two years after this portrait was painted, Reid designed the present pattern of the American flag of stars and bars, with thirteen stripes representing the original American colonies and a new star being added each time a new state is admitted to the Union. The flag depicted in this portrait shows a style of American flag with white stripes on the outer edges, one of the unconventional versions of the flag which preceded Reid's standardization.

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Title
Portrait of Captain Samuel Chester Reid
Artist Life
1780–1839
Role
Artist
Accession Number
45.6
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Portrait. American flag. One of a series of portraits of heroes of the War of 1812.