By 1875 Roll Call after the Pillage had entered the famous collection of Henry C. Gibson, while On the Ramparts was acquired years earlier by fellow Philadelphian James L. Claghorn. One visitor to Claghorn's collection remarked in Lippincott’s magazine that he was transported "into the happiest phase of elegant comedy” by On the Ramparts, "the canon, as the accessories show, [has] never been used, and [is] more ordinance of ceremony. The captains - one a fine spark, reprehensibly devoted to the entertainment of lady visitors, the other a pursy Bumble of etiquette… and the fluttering strangers wonder and gape over the battlements. Such a spirit would make sport of the Crusades and the defense of Troy” (“Private Galleries of Philadelphia", Lippincott’s Magazine, vol. 9, 1872, p. 42). From Claghorn’s galleries, the subsequent provenance of On the Ramparts included a “who’s-who” assemblage of some of the greatest American collectors of the late nineteenth century: New York millionaire Theron R. Butler, then New York banker George Ingraham Seney, followed by connoisseur and gallery owner Daniel W. Powers, all before William Randolph Hearst.
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