OPEN THEME – Mayflower – Southampton City Art Gallery

The Mayflower

Mayflower and her sister ship, Speedwell, set sail from West Quay on 15 August 1620, carrying 102 passengers. Around 40 of these were the Puritan Separatists who have become known as America’s Founding Fathers. Documents that they created on board the ship went on to provide the foundations of the American constitution.

The journey was an important world changing event which has had both positive and negative impact. The anniversary has provided artists an opportunity to reflect upon this history.

Image: Downwind off Cape Cod by Kay Brown (detail)

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