Pat Lyon at the Forge, by John Neagle, 1829.
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Oil on canvas of Lyon with his leather apron, hammer-in-hand working at his anvil. In the background of the painting, the artist shows the cupola of the Walnut Street Prison.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Gift of the Lyon Family

One of America's greatest portrait painters, Philadelphian John Neagle (1796-1865) painted Pat Lyon at the Forge in 1829. In 1805, a jury had awarded Lyon $12,000 for his false imprisonment in the Walnut Street Prison, seen in the background.

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