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    A Striking Pastel Portrait of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer Major General George Armstrong Custer has been the subject of many historical debates, and fortunately for us, many artistic renderings of his strong personae and presence. This vivid pastel measures 11" x 14" and is done in the oval, matted and spectacularly framed in a heavily gilded wooden frame.

    Covered by glass, the portrait portrays Custer in one his most famous poses, the one dated May 1865 that was captured in a photograph by John Goldin and Company. But the unnamed artist here captures what Goldin could not - the vivid colors of Custer's golden hair, his major general's shoulder straps and gold buttons. Even at the close of the war, Custer still wears his cavalier's hat with one side turned up, but with a more peaceful expression, perhaps, because the war has ended.

    This is a beautiful rendering of Custer in the pastel medium which lends itself to maximizing expression, color and contrast as in this striking portrait of the famous cavalryman who went on to Indian fighting on the Plains. Wardate portraits of Custer are very rare.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhitibted: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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