Painting, Storming Chapultepec, Mexican American War Battle
Lewis Tapia, Circa 1847
Oil on Canvas
Mexican-American War 1846-1848: Battle of Chapultepec 12-13 September 1847. American forces overwhelming Mexicans at Chapultepec Castle which guarded Mexico City from the west. Mexico City fell on 14 September.
(Excellent condition other than a 4-inch scratch soon to be restored (Frame: 43 by 35", sight-size: 34.5 by 26.5")
Early American Portrait, Revolutionary War Veteran, Major Jonathan Cass
Dressed in Uniform…a strong composition
Oil on basswood panel…original painted frame
A bold and important painting of Major Jonathan Cass, (1750-1830)
Revolutionary War veteran, born at Exeter, New Hampshire. The subject is depicted
wearing a dramatic uniform with battle scene in the background. The work remains in
excellent condition with only the most minor scattered touches to miniscule areas.
When the Revolutionary War broke out, Cass was about nineteen years of age…
animated by the spirit of the times, the day after the battle of Lexington, he entered the
army as a private soldier. He remained in the army until its disbandment in 1783, when
he retired [temporarily] as a captain…a rank he obtained by his gallantry and good conduct.
He served as PVT Bunker Hill, June 1775 Ensign 3rd N.H. 8 Nov 1776, 2 LT 4 August
1777, 1st LT 1 May 1778, transferred to 2nd NH on 1 Jan 1781. Captain on 8 Dec 1782,
served to close of war. Capt. 2nd U.S. Infantry 4 May 1791, was in 2nd Sub Legion 4
Sep 1792, and Major in 3rd Sub Legion 21 Feb 1793 which became 3rd U.S. Infantry 1
Nov 1796. After the war he was ordered west where he eventually retired. He died in
Muskingum Co., OH Ohio on August 4, 1830. Additional information available about the
man himself, his son, Lewis-and other children. (Listed: D.A.R. Patriot Index.)
Major General Zachary Taylor, American Troops in Battle, Painting
Anonymous, Circa 1847 to 1850
This heroic painting depicts Major General Zachary Taylor (on white horse) at the Battle of Buena Vista (22 - 23 February 1847). The background depicts troops advancing under cover of artillery while the foreground depicts Taylor and another mounted officer directing the battle. More artillery sets up on their flank. An officer shown with these artillerymen bears a strong resemblance to period depictions of Captain Braxton Bragg. It was the timely arrival of Bragg's "Flying Artillery" that saved the day for the Americans.
The artist used a considerable amount of glazing to render the background, as well as the faces and uniforms. This contributes to the remarkable depth and clarity of the painting. The color is superb, from the soft pinks and blues of the sky and the subtle browns and green of the undulating hills to the roiling smoke of the cannon and the nuanced shading of the wind-whipped flags. It is clear that the artist did not allow enough drying time between glazes; as a result there is a degree of craquelure across the surface of the painting. In spite of this, the painting is so well rendered and pleasing to look at that the craquelure blends into the background.
The painting, which measures 26" by 36", retains its original stretcher; the picture has been lightly cleaned; there is no other restoration; one tiny puncture at upper left that we will have expertly restored. The gold leaf frame is period and appropriate; however, we are not certain if it is original to the painting.
Berlin Needlework Portrait
Full Standing Figure of Washington
General Washington is posed before his horse with compromised canon and cavalryman while in the background is Continental soldiers and our 13-star flags.
The patterns were imported from Berlin as was the worsted wool used for working needlepoint and/or cross-stitch pictures on canvas throughout the Victorian era. Frame: 45.5 by 56.25"; Sight Size: 38.75 by 49.5".
Lady Liberty Watercolor, Liberty Cap, Eagle Perched on Shield
Anonymous, signed ML
Circa 1850 to 1900
The emblem of Liberty Holding Rose with Her Companion Bald Eagle on Shield
(The faux grained frame: 18 by 14"; sight-size: 13.25 by 9.5")
Folk Art, British Soldier on Horseback, Watercolor and Photograph Composition
R. Sinclair. Late 10th Hussars, 123 Northgate Street, Canterbury, Dec. 7th, 1878
By Richard Sinclair, (Specialist in military subjects) Late 19th Century
A colorful composition displaying a handsome horse and rider in military uniform
Richard John Sinclair was born in Dublin about 1845; Richard served with the 10th Royal Hussars at Dublin on the 14th September, 1865. Sinclair established his studio in Northgate shortly after his discharge from the army. The majority of his watercolors depict soldiers of cavalry regiments standing in front of or on horseback with rustic backgrounds. The heads of the soldiers are actual sepia photographs, presumably of the purchaser of the paintings. The 1881 census records Richard John Sinclair's occupation as military artist and in 1891 as artist�with no mention of photography. In 1891his son Richard (aged 15) is listed as a photographer's apprentice. The 1901 census lists Richard John Sinclair as a military artist and photographer; son Richard and daughter Maude as photographer's assistants. (Photo of face is faded, otherwise good condition; matted and mounted in attractive modern frame measuring: 26 by 19.5", sight-size: 2 by 15.5")
Bas Relief Bust Shell, Winfield Scott, White Frosted on Convex Tin Shell
Manufactured by Huntington, Loretz and Co., 142 Fulton Street, New York
Plaster, wood, tin, convex glass, silver leaf, and velvet, retains trade label
(Walnut frame: 16.5 by 14.5"; sight-size: 11.5 by 10.5"; fine original condition)