XANTHUS RUSSELL SMITH
1839 - 1929
STUDY FOR "ENCAMPMENT OF COLONEL RUSH'S CAVALRY LANCERS"
oil on canvas
6 ⅛ by 9 ⅛ inches
(15.2 by 23 cm)
Painted circa 1862.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes, Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has never been restored or damaged. It is painted on an un-stretched piece of canvas. The original varnish has dulled slightly in the trees and shadows of the landscape. There are no losses or restorations. The work could be reinforced the tacking edges and stretched onto a traditional stretcher, or it could be framed as is with a mat. Varnish would add more depth to the darker colors, but the work is in beautiful state.
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Private collection (by descent from the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above
Abington, Pennsylvania, Abington Senior High School; Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Woodmere Art Museum; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Union League of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Independence Seaport Museum, The Smith Family Painters: A Series of Exhibitions, January 1998-February 1999, no. 63, p. 50
The present work depicts "Rush's Lancers", the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry regiment of the Union Army. At the suggestion of Major General George B. McClellan, the men were initially outfitted with Austrian lances. The regiment was led by Colonel Richard H. Rush and fought valiantly in the Gettysburg Campaign and notably in the Battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry engagement ever to take place on American soil.