XANTHUS RUSSELL SMITH | STUDY FOR "ENCAMPMENT OF COLONEL RUSH'S CAVALRY LANCERS"
XANTHUS RUSSELL SMITH | STUDY FOR "ENCAMPMENT OF COLONEL RUSH'S CAVALRY LANCERS"
XANTHUS RUSSELL SMITH | STUDY FOR "ENCAMPMENT OF COLONEL RUSH'S CAVALRY LANCERS"
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XANTHUS RUSSELL SMITH | STUDY FOR "ENCAMPMENT OF COLONEL RUSH'S CAVALRY LANCERS"

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

XANTHUS RUSSELL SMITH | STUDY FOR "ENCAMPMENT OF COLONEL RUSH'S CAVALRY LANCERS"

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Sold:37,500USD

Lot Details

Description

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.

Condition Report

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, simonparkes@msn.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.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

The artist

Private collection (by descent from the above) 

Acquired by the present owner from the above

Exhibited

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

Catalogue Note

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.

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