Crossing the Charles is our most celebrated piece. While at first glance, it merely appears as a parody of
George Washington’s Crossing the Delaware, it is actually much deeper than that. This picture captures the
leadership of our “General” Bill Belichick and his loyal followers.
Originally this was called “Head of the Charles” which is a nod to the oldest regatta boat race in the country
and takes place in the Charles River each October. This painting gained so much attention from the onset that
we receive an “invitation” by the folks who ran the celebrated regatta to change the name or meet them in
court. We opted to change the name.
In 2001, the Patriots “broke the ice” and lead the “charge” to a series of Championships by the Boston teams. After the Patriots got their first Super Bowl, the Red Sox won a Championship in ’04 followed by the Celtics in ’08 and the Bruins in ’11. If you look in the background, you will notice the boats containing the teams are arranged in order of the year they won from 2001 When we started this painting, we envisioned a legacy painting that would recognize members from each team that won a Super Bowl. We completed the painting just as the team entered the Playoffs in ‘14. We didn’t know how we would fare but we felt this team had what it took to win. We held off on releasing it until after the Super Bowl. Because of the electrifying finish, we had to take a few players out in order to make room for Julian Edelman, Gronk and of course Malcolm Butler.
There are 9 hidden trophies in the artwork - Can you find them all?
Hint: One is "hidden in plain sight" and being held by Rodney Harrison in the back of the boat!