Antique Hudson River Valley School Painting, The Kosciusko Monument at West Point
Attributed to Edmund C. Coates (1816-1871)
The painting, A View of West Point and the Kosciusko Monument, mounted within a gilt frame,
shows the gated Kosciusko Monument at the upper left, with the secondary focus being the
Hudson River dotted with sailboats and a steamer, and a tertiary focus…two women strolling in
the foreground as sheep graze to their right. Kosciuszko's Monument honors Polish General
Tadeusz Kosciuszko at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Kosciuszko designed the defenses of the West Point garrison (1778–1780) during the height of
the Revolutionary War, when George Washington considered West Point to be the most
important military post in America. The pedestal and shaft of the monument was first proposed
in 1825 by John Latrobe and was dedicated in 1828.
The painting was exhibited at the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Program.
(Minor retouch lined and remounted on newer stretcher. Frame: 32" x 24.25" view: 27.25" x 19.5")
Historic Nineteenth Century Painting of Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia
Signed R. Russell, 99
The painting shows a front & right-side view of the infamous Libby Prison used to house
Union officers captured by the Confederacy; a Confederate flag flies over the prison.
The 3-story brick prison, formally a warehouse located on Tobacco Row near the James
River became a hospital and prison in 1861; in 1862 it became an officer’s prison. There
were 8 rooms with low ceilings measuring 103' x 42'. Prisoners were held on the 2nd
and 3rd floors of the dank, crowded facility.
The painting, by a naïve hand, is signed in the lower left corner; the signature reads “R.
Russell 99”. The clothing worn by pedestrians appears to be of the Civil War period. In
1889 the building was dismantled and moved to Chicago where it was rebuilt to serve
as a Civil War museum however it soon failed and was again dismantled…its pieces
sold as souvenirs.
The frame has a few small losses to gesso; painting shows age and would benefit from
a cleaning. There are two small areas of fill; a horizontal tear along the right side of
building was repaired when the canvas was lined. The period frame measures 30" x
24", view area: 23.5" x 17.5".
( 1310-60 ) 
General Meade's Headquarters, 19th Century Painting, Winter Scene
Signed, J.E. Schell, 1886
Oil on Academy Board
Somewhat accurate, somewhat fantasy when compared to Gettysburg images.
(Excellent condition, professionally mounted and sealed; period frame; Frame: 17.25" x 13.5"; view: 12.5" x 8.75")
Watercolor, Civil War Union Artillery Soldier at Cannon, Overlooking Fort
Signed C. Joeckel 1866
Watercolor, Ink, Gold Powder Paint
Uniformed light artillery soldier, with the soldier depicted, most likely Joeckel himself. The soldier's facial image is applied and painted from a photograph, and then merged by a skilled hand. Soldier is wearing a shako and posed at cannon beneath tree flying American flag atop grass covered bluff overlooking harbor. Fort flies American colors; and in the distance is seen a side-wheeler flying the American flag; a lighthouse and mountains complete this waterscape/landscape. The work which retains strong and bright pigment is mounted within a period gilt frame that measures 29.25 by 22.75"; view area: 24.25 by 17.75".
Charles Joeckel was a 34-year-old who enlisted in Boston, Massachusetts on 12/31/1864 into the U.S. Army Batty K, 3rd Light Artillery as a Private. He mustered out as a Sergeant on 12/31/1867, also in Boston. Joeckel enlisted near the end of the war and was a bit long-of-tooth at 34 years old. With Ft Warren being in Boston Harbor, and Ft Independence being in South Boston, one of these forts is likely be the subject of this watercolor. Fort has also been tentatively identified as West Point. Someone who has studied the fort architecture contemporary to the execution of the watercolor may be able to provide and absolute location. Joeckel is assigned to the Regular Army rather than a specific state, which would help explain why he did not muster out at the end of the war as did most soldiers, but instead remained for his full 3-year enlistment. His home is credited as Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
Antique Drawing, High Angle View of the Hudson River from West Point Academy
Unknown Artist, 19th Century…Grisaille [graphite drawing]
A bird’s eye view displaying mountainous landscape, architecture, sailing vessels including a
sidewheeler; a bridge and locomotive. The work is mounted within a bird’s eye maple
frame with gilt liner; 39" x 30.5".
Painting, American Folk, Riverscape, Landscape, Train, Paddlewheel Boat
Anonymous, Circa 1890, Likely New York State
(Re-stretched, modern frame; frame: 22.5 by 18.5”, sight-size: 15 by 11.5”)
Ship Flying American Flag Painting on Linen, Anonymous, Circa 1870
Watercolor and ink
(Not examined out of frame; frame: 27 by 15.5”, sight-size: 22 by 10.5”)
Watercolor, View of Algiers in Barbary, American Ships in Harbor, Naval History
Anonymous, inscription in margin identifying United States, Java & Constitution
Superbly executed composition
(Free floated, expert paper repairs limited to mountain and sky; not terribly distracting; frame: 18.75 by 27", sight-size: 16.75 by 25")