In July, the Museum debuted its first artistic digital photographic collection, William Floyd’s: House of Revolution. The 21-piece collection, created by National Park Service commissioned artist, Xiomáro, showcases the first floor of the Old Mastic House, once home to William Floyd (1734-1821).
Floyd was an American revolutionary who served in the first Continental Congress in 1774 and was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Floyd is the grandfather of Benjamin Tallmadge, George Washington’s spymaster, and great-grandfather to Frederick Tallmadge, the second president of the Sons of the Revolution, which owns the Fraunces Tavern complex.
The photographs on exhibit are only a few of the total collection captured by Xiomáro. When asked if he would share additional photos, he gladly sent three: Floyd’s ceremonial sword, a peculiar drawing of a cityscape and etching of a ship wall, both of which were inside a coal room attached to the exterior of the Old Mastic House. Xiomáro commented that, “The coal room isn’t open to the public and hasn’t been opened in over 20 years.”
Xiomáro’s goal is to encourage curiosity and expose viewers to a lesser known signers of the Declaration of Independence. “The exhibit introduces Floyd to the audience and hits on so many different things pertaining to him and his life. I’m hoping that the exhibit will wet people’s appetites and encourage them to do a little more research on Floyd.”
The William Floyd’s: House of Revolution has been extended until January 1, 2014. Two never-before seen photos will be on display at the annual Evacuation Day Dinner on Monday, November 25.
You can find more of Xiomáro’s work on http://xiomaro.com.