Pirate’s House Mural – Anne Bonny’s Room

July 30, 2009

Complete?  If not, we’re close.  It’s  bittersweet to say the least.  I mean, how often do you get to paint pirates?

It’s been a great pleasure to work with the folks at the Pirate’s House again.  Everyone is so friendly, and the place is rich with history, ghostly encounters, unique architecture, and of course delicious food.  The photos are rusty at best, but I’m hoping to have some professional shots in the not-so-distant future.

Ever heard of Anne Bonny? I hadn’t.  Here’s a brief summery to give you an idea of where we went with this mural.  Turns out Anne was quite the fierce pirate.  She came from a well-to-do family, who owned a plantation in Charleston.  She fell in love with a small time pirate, and decided the life of a pirate was far too fun to miss out on.  Upon choosing a lifestyle of piracy, her family disowned her, and like many a pirate tale, rumors swirled about the nature of her being.  Legend states that in retaliation, she burned the family  plantation to the ground.  She’s also rumored to have stabbed a servant girl to death at the age of 13.  Sweet lady pirate, right?  As if that wasn’t enough, she also sailed with another female pirate, Mary  Read.  Double the trouble, I’d imagine.  Now that you have a little background (and trust me, there’s more…just google them), here’s the rough final pics.

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The mural is roughly 23 feet long.

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My cameo as Mary Read.  Let’s face it, I couldn’t subject my mother to such a manly appearance.

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I soooo loved painting that flaming red hair!  The quote below, comes from Anne’s reported last words to her husband, before he was hung for piracy.

“…if you had fought like a man, you needn’t be hang’d like a dog. ” ~ Anne Bonny

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Anne is modeled after a patron I met while dining at the Pirate’s House.  (If you’re reading this, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out just like you…she kind of took on a life of her own)

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map detail…look closely…

Lastly, special thanks to Cathy and Bob for giving me such a wonderful canvas to paint…(and to Buddy for getting my foot in the door)  I look forward to working with you all again sometime soon.

For more information on the fabulous Pirate’s House.  CLICK

All images are ©2009 Heather L. Young

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6 Responses to “Pirate’s House Mural – Anne Bonny’s Room”

  1. Beth Says:

    great job Heather….

  2. val Says:

    looks great!

  3. Dad Says:

    Heather, what a great job! I am proud of you! The Pirate’s House has such a rich history in Savannah and now you are again part of it.

    Notice how your family wants to be on your good side!

    Love Dad

  4. Michelle Says:

    Wow! It has been fun watching your progress and the end result is fantastic. Nicely done!


  5. thanks everyone! It was so much fun to work on…I can only hope the next will be as fun…


  6. You did it again! It looks awesome in your photos and I can only imagine how cool it looks in person. Love the female pirate theme this time… mayhaps they aren’t the best role models but as a kid I remember learning about them and thinking if a woman could be a pirate she could be just about anything 🙂


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