November 19, 04:22 PM GMT
30,000 - 50,000 USD
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.
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.