Major General Zachary Taylor, American Troops in Battle, Painting
Anonymous, Circa 1847 to 1850 - SOLD
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.
Possible Portrait of John Brown, Radical Abolitionist
A Maine Artist Portrays His Interpretation
Oil on Canvas (35.25 by 25.25")
Inscribed in graphite on the stretcher is found: Chas. Greenhalgh, 4th Maine Regt. - SOLD
A quick search produced a Charles B. Greenhalgh, fought at Gettysburg; his pension information and more. (The Sixty-Fourth Congress, Session II, 1917; voted that: “Charles B. Greenhalgh late captain Company C, Fourth Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry to pay him a pension at the rate of $40 per month in lieu of what he is now receiving.”)
210-257 - SOLD
Crayon Portrait, Young Boy in Colonial Dress
Holding Flag, Sword, Tricorn Hat
Nineteenth Century, Anonymous
Wet Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas,
original stretcher, period gilt frame - SOLD
(Overall: 25 by 20.25; view: 21 by 26")
570-288 - SOLD
Painting, SPIRIT of 76, Revolutionary War
after Thompkins Matteson
In the circle of Thompkins Harrison Matteson (1813 to 1884)
Oil on Canvas
An iconic composition dating to the mid-19th century by an anonymous painter - SOLD
The loyal young patriot prepares to leave for military service, a soldier at the open door awaits his company while his wife is at is knees; mother hands him his sword; father is shown with bayoneted musket; an emotional life-defining moment for all.
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(The picture is relined and remains on original stretcher; the frame measures: 30.5 by 35.75", sight-size: 23.5 by 28.75")
1039-31 - SOLD
Sulfide Cameo Plaque, Benjamin Franklin, Early 19th Century
Impressed on obverse, DESPREZ; Rue des Recolets / N0. 2, Paris - SOLD
Encased white sulfide portrait of Ben Franklin, colorless glass, beveled and faceted edge, cameo reverse flat impressed with makers mark; cast gilt metal hanger. The Desprez signature is found on the finest sulfides; he established himself at the above mentioned address in 1793; listed in the Paris Commercial Almanac of 1807, 1812, and 1813. (A few chips along the upper left edge, else fine; diameter: 3")
879-45 - SOLD
Portrait of a Gentleman, American School, Eighteenth Century
Unknown Painter, Late 18th Century
The gentleman wears a powdered wig and green frock coat - SOLD
Oil on canvas, mounted within gilt-wood and gesso Rococo frame
(Relined, minor retouch, frame with scattered minor gilt and gesso losses; frame: 29.5 by 34.25"; view: 21.75 by 27")
549-23 - SOLD
Portrait, General Jose Maria Morelos (1765 to 1815), Oil on Board
Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Revolutionary Rebel Leader - SOLD
Who led Mexican War of Independence Movement, later captured by the Spanish Colonial Authorities and executed for treason.
(Restored; 8 by 9.75")
1071-21 - SOLD
Print in Eglomaise Mat
18th Century - SOLD
Dimensions: 15.5 by 17.5-inches.
232-14 - SOLD
General Joshua Chamberlain
Late 19th Century - SOLD
Frame: 33 x 39 inches;
View: 23.75 x 29.75 inches.
110-359 - SOLD
Pen and Ink Calligraphy
"GUARDIAN SPIRITS OF AMERICA"
Eagle With Breast Marked "Freedom"
Jackson, Crogan, Harrison, Bainbridge
Respectfully inscribed to Columbia's
free-born sons by the writer
August 20th 1822
A, Maclaurin - SOLD
There are two four-line poems surrounded by names of War Of 1812 heroes including Porter, Ripley, Hull and Jones. Minor soiling and toning, all else fine.
(Dimensions: 21.75 by 32-inches framed; 29.375 by 19.25-inch view area.)
232-126 - SOLD
Painting, Mt. Vernon and Washington's Tomb by Moonlight
William Mathew Prior (Inscribed on reverse)
PAINTING GARRET / No.36 TRENTON ST. / EAST BOSTON. / W.M. PRIOR.
Oil on canvas - SOLD
The verso displays Prior's stamp "PAINTING GARRET" as he called his painting studio that was located within the Prior home that the artist built and shared with his wife at 36 Trenton Street; he painted here from 1846 until his death in 1873.
The canvas remains on Its original stretcher within a period gilt frame.
The Washington family vault at Mount Vernon was replaced in 1837 by a tomb featuring the entryway depicted in this painting. (Frame: 29.5 by 23.75")
853-13 - SOLD
George Washington, After Gilbert Stuart Athenaeum Portrait
Anonymous, found in South Carolina
Oil on Canvas
19th Century - SOLD
The canvas was mounted on wood during the mid-twentieth century; all else fine. The view area measures 25 by 31".
328-4 - SOLD
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, NE A BOSTON, DANS LA NOUVELLE ANGLETERRE LE 17 JANVIER 1706
1777 Engraving by Augustin de Saint Aubin, After a Drawing by Charles Nicolas Cochin - SOLD
The bust-length portrait shows Franklin wearing trademark Canadian fur-trapper hat and round spectacles; he faces right and is centered within an oval border.
(Very good condition, frame: 14.5 by 9”, sight-size: 9 by 6.75”)
997-21 - SOLD
Patriotic Folk Art, Eagle Surmounting American Shield and Flags, Span-Am War
Signed F.X. Cote, Circa 1898 to 1900
Crossed American and Cuban Flags, very attractive piece - SOLD
Cannon centered by cannon balls/brass-monkey flanked by uniformed and armed soldiers; the eagle displays a banner in its mouth-United States of America.
(Excellent and bright condition; beautifully matted and mounted within molded walnut frame; very small piercing at topmost center margin; probably for period of use hanging device or nail; very small dog ear at bottom left outermost corner margin. Frame: 20.75 by 24.5", sight-size: 15.75 by 12.25")
335-112 - SOLD