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Major General Zachary Taylor, American Troops in Battle, Painting
Anonymous, Circa 1847 to 1850 - SOLD


Major General Zachary Taylor, American Troops in Battle, Painting
Anonymous, Circa 1847 to 1850, sans frame

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.

SOLD

232-302




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


Crayon Portrait, Young Boy in Colonial Dress Holding Flag, Sword, Tricorn Hat
Nineteenth Century
Anonymous, entire view

(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


Painting, SPIRIT of 76, Revolutionary War, after Thompkins Matteson
In the circle of Thompkins Harrison Matteson (1813 to 1884), entire view

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.
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested.
(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




Portrait, General Jose Maria Morelos (1765 to 1815), Oil on Board
Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Revolutionary Rebel Leader - SOLD


Portrait, General Jose Maria Morelos (1765 to 1815), Oil on Board
Mexican Roman Catholic Priest and Revolutionary Rebel Leader, entire view

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




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.
Circa 1853
Oil on canvas - 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.
Circa 1853, entire view

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




Antique, Folk Art Watercolor,
Soldier on Horseback, THE HORSE,
Best Blue Frame
Likely Pennsylvania, Circa 1830 - SOLD


Antique, Folk Art Watercolor, Soldier on Horseback, THE HORSE, Best Blue Frame
Likely Pennsylvania, Circa 1830, entire view

Watercolor on wove paper, mounted on wove paper; frame: 11.5 by 9.5”

SOLD

532-143




Watercolor, Major General Zachary Taylor on Horseback, Pen and Ink, Gilt Frame
Charles C. Spaulding / Penmanship / Keene, New Hampshire
A powerful image, signed in border at lower right - SOLD


Watercolor, Major General Zachary Taylor on Horseback, Pen and Ink, Gilt Frame, entire view

(Overall fine, very minor water stain at bottom right mentioned for accuracy; frame: 18 by 15", sight-size: 14.75 by 11.75")

928-58 - SOLD




Portrait, British Officer, Watercolor on Paper, Framed
Anonymous, Circa 1800 - SOLD


Portrait, British Officer, Watercolor on Paper, Framed
Anonymous, Circa 1800, entire view

(2.5 by 3.25")

1071-6 - SOLD




Painting, Civil War Camp
Signed Robert Kellen
1883
Oil on canvas - SOLD


Painting, Civil War Camp
Signed Robert Kellen
1883, entire view

Within this woodland scene is a makeshift log fort and tent; uniformed soldiers relaxing and a group of four soldiers bearing bayoneted arms at shoulder. The work remains in fine condition and is on original stretcher; mounted within original carved and gilt frame.
Dimensions: Frame: 24.75 x 18.75 inches; view: 17.5 x 11.5 inches.

570-103 - SOLD





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