Ambush 1725 at Lovewell Pond
32" x 56" oil
This commissioned painting by a direct descendant of Captain John Lovewell. depicts the calm before the storm of an American Indian surprise attack on militiamen. Captain John Lovewell of New England, a ranger and renowned scalp hunter, died on May 8, 1725 as he led a third expedition against the Abenaki Indians in an area now known as Fryeburg, Maine. A number of colonial militiamen and Abenaki Native Americans, including a notorious war chief named Paugus, also died in the engagement which marked the end of hostilities between the Abenaki and the white colonists in this part of the colonies.
More than 100 years later, the event was immortalized in a poem "The Battle of Lovewell's Pond", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of Paul Revere's Ride, and The Song of Hiawatha.
One of the verses reads:
"The warriors that fought for their country, and bled,
Have sunk to their rest; the damp earth is their bed,
No stone tells the place where their ashes repose,
Nor points out the spot from the graves of their foes."
I like to tell people, "I'm a historical artist. I don't claim to be a historian." For this commission, I hired a Maine historian to help me explore the banks of what is now Lake Lovewell in Maine. The banks were steep with lots of vegetation. We then canoed the lake and saw the actual sites of Captain Lovewell’s exploits, which eventually all took shape on the finished canvas.
Reproductions of this painting were produced.