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Massachusetts. Cape Cod. July 4th, 1947. Independence Day.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 918, box J

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting an elderly lady wearing an American flag in Massachusetts during the July 4th celebrations of 1947.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1947 (made)


Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Black and white photograph


Height: 53 cm Mount, Width: 38 cm Mount, Height: 40 cm Image, Width: 30 cm Image

Object history note

"This woman explained to me that the flagpole over her door was broken but 'on such a day as this, one keeps one's flag on one's heart.' I felt in her a touch of the strength and robustness of the early American pioneers".
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting an elderly lady, draped in the American flag at an Independence Day celebration in Cape Cod. USA, 1947.


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Patriotism; American; Legal holidays; Celebrations; Flags; Elderly; National




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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