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Michael James Freedman

Insurrection Study - The Tunnel of Death

Insurrection Study - The Tunnel of Death

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It was an assault on the People's House

On January 6, 2021, then President Trump told a large MAGA crowd "And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore" and the crowd walked down Pennsylvania Avenue and broke into the Capitol, the most severe attack since the 1814 burning of Washington by the British Army during the War of 1812.

And they called it the Tunnel of Death

According to Ramey Kyle from the DC Police, "We literally fought all the way back to those stairwells. We hit the stairwells. The officers go back up. We get up here to the top. I'm being told it's called the west terrace door. All the officers that were there -- they kind of refer to it now as the Tunnel of Death."

The police protecting the Capitol in that tunnel thought they were the last line of defense. "We basically lined up officers shoulder-to-shoulder in that narrow tunnel, four to six rows deep. No matter what, we were going to be the cork in this hole that kept them from entering."

This painting is a quick study of that tunnel

It's a small (7" x 10") one-day painting, but I think it captures the energy and the total chaos going on, the almost medieval fighting. Some of the rioters were using stolen police batons to beat back the defenders. Some were using crutches and flagpoles. 

The print is beautiful and faithful to the original

I print this using a top-of-the-line Epson printer on archival Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g/mA Paper. I use pigment based inks that are certified to last over 200 years. It is uncanny how the print looks like the original.

The paper has a subtle texture on it that feels warm. Everyone who has seen these prints is amazed at how beautiful they are.

I am so excited to be able to provide something of such high quality at a reasonable price.

The original drawing is 7"x10", but the print has a 1" border on bottom and a .5" border on three sides, so the print fits in a standard 8.5" x 11" frame.

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