More importantly, we know that Hadley had been visiting Madison, among other locations in southern Indiana and Kentucky, when he was assembling the landscape watercolors that he exhibited in his 1931 show.
- “The Maysfield, Kentucky painting shows gray buildings, set even with the walk, and a large flowering shrub with yellow blossoms in the center. Mr. Hadley asked Mr. [Claire] Cook a question about business. When Cook said there was no charge for this information, Hadley brought several paintings and told him to select the one he liked.” [Hardin, Becky (1976). The Indiana State Flag, Its Designer (Biography of Paul Hadley with Anthology of his Paintings), p. 30. Mooresville, Indiana : B. Hardin.]
As we examined modern photos of Mayfield, however, we noticed that none of the older houses looked anything like the ones in Hadley's painting. Differences from Hadley's portrayal include: (1) the front yards were bigger; (2) there were generally no walls and stairs abutting sidewalks; and (3) there was greater distance between sidewalks and streets.