The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (painting)

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
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ArtistGrant Wood
MediumOil on masonite
Dimensions76 cm × 100 cm (30 in × 40 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere is a 1931 painting by the American artist Grant Wood. It depicts the American patriot Paul Revere during his midnight ride on April 18, 1775. The perspective is from a high altitude as Revere rides through a brightly lit Lexington, Massachusetts. It was inspired by the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.[1] Wood used a child's hobby horse as model for Revere's horse.[2]

The painting is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, but is not on view as of spring, 2017.[1]


The painting belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Gooch in Memphis, Tennessee from 1931 to 1950, after which it was given to YWCA Memphis as a gift. The same year it was sold for 15,000 dollars to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  2. ^ Souter, Gerry (2009). American Realism. New York City: Parkstone International. p. 198. ISBN 978-1-78042-992-2.