Sometimes a detail is minutiae and sometimes a detail is the story. Miss this detail, which occupies a fraction of this canvass, and you see a tranquil night in a small town. See the detail, and it’s an entirely different (and not unfamiliar) story—“The British Are Coming!”

Sometimes a detail is minutiae and sometimes a detail is the story. Miss this detail, which occupies a fraction of this canvass, and you see a tranquil night in a small town. See the detail, and it’s an entirely different (and not unfamiliar) story—“The British Are Coming!”