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David Bunn Martine's Town of Southampton Flag

This is a replica Town of Southampton flag designed by David Bunn Martine.

The Town of Southampton Flag's original design was resolved on December 18th in 1929, when the Southampton Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution suggested the adoption of an official flag for the town to be approved. This design consisted of three vertical bars (two Colonial Blue, one Colonial Buff) arranged alternatively with the Seal of the Town of Southampton on the center bar. The town would purchase the flag design and display in the town hall.

This particular flag differs from the original town flag in quite a few regards. The three vertical bars maintain their original colors, but the seal itself is the true distinction. Rather than be rendered in a handful of colors, the Martine replica uses a solid blue color to render all of the detail originally found on the standard seal. The shading seen on the settler's hat and coat are made bolder in terms of lighting, his face is much more simplistic as seen in the eyes in particular, and it appears that his shoulders are much broader than in the original. The rays of sunlight behind the settler are rendered in multiple beams of blue, while the ship to the right is much clearer in its outline.


David Bunn Martine (born David Bunn Siklos in 1960) is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, and currently the Director/Curator of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Southampton. A historian as well as a master oil painter, David comes from an artistic family that's been practicing their specific crafts for several generations. His mother is a Shinnecock/Montaulk Tribal Nation member as well as of Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache descent, and his father is a Hungarian music director, voice teacher and organist. As an oil painter throughout his adult life, he has captured a variety of cultures of Southampton in a style that is unlike any other. In 2009, the Southampton History Museum hosted an exhibition on his works ranging from paintings, drawings and portions of his studio within the Rogers Mansion. He has also given a talk in September of that year, detailing how he finds inspiration for his works as the exhibition had been opened up just a few days prior to the discussion.

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