Since its acquisition in 2005, the narrative painting, The Wounding of General Braddock: Battle of the Monongahela, 9 July 1755 has traveled extensively to historical museums and sites throughout western Pennsylvania. We are proud to announce its return to our collection and installation in our new galleries. General Braddock is finally “home.” Celebrate his return and meet his creator, Robert Griffing, as this favorite son discusses his passion for storytelling and capturing the eastern frontier during our nation’s tumultuous founding. His books and prints will be available in the museum shop for signing by the artist.
Robert Griffing grew up in Linesville, Pennsylvania, where he roamed the fields and beaches around Pymatuning Lake collecting stone artifacts, the key factor for his love of history and native cultures. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a thirty year advertising career, he returned to the subject of his early fascination, the Eastern Woodland Indian of the 18th century. His Paintings focus on a time that marked the beginning years of chaos and uncertainty for the Woodland tribes as they struggled to survive the encroachment of Europeans.