Francis Marion Sweet Potato Supper

Unframed: $325
Framed: $500

By John Blake White

This limited edition print General Marion Inviting a British Officer To Share His Meal, is after the painting by John Blake White and is printed on premium pure cotton paper.

General Francis Marion, a native of South Carolina, understood the only way to combat the British forces during the Revolution War was through guerilla warfare. As part of the Southern Campaign, he and his men lived off the land and hid in the swamps to evade the British. His elusive and sly tactics earned him the title of “Swamp Fox”.

John Blake White's 1830's original painting of this scene is also informally known as the Sweet Potato Supper. The meal depicted in the painting was said to have occurred on Snow's Island when a British officer came to arrange an exchange of prisoners. In an act of hospitality, General Marion offered to share his modest meal. According to legend, the British officer was so impressed with Marion and his men's willingness to sacrifice in exchange for liberty that he resigned his commission and switched alliances.

The Swamp Fox is not only a Revolutionary War hero, but also one of the South’s most famous sons. The image became so popular that versions were created and appeared on Confederate banknotes issued in 1861 by South Carolina and a mezzotint by John Sartain.

Copies of the painting are held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia and the Chicago Historical Society. The original was presented to the U.S. Senate by the artist's son in 1899.

ARTIST: (After) John Blake White, South Carolina, (1781-1859)

YEAR: 1830

TITLE: General Marion Inviting a British Officer To Share His Meal, Sweet Potato Supper

IMAGE SIZE: 20 x 24 in. (51 x 61 cm.)

FRAMED SIZE: 24 x 26 1/2 (61 x 67 cm.)

PAPER: Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper, 100% Cotton, Acid Free, Mould Made, Buffered

MEDIUM: Giclee, Works on Paper

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