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    Civil War: Original Pen and Ink Drawing "The Garrison Leaving Sumter, April 14th, 1861" by Theodore Russell Davis, Circa 1880. This magnificent painting, done in sepia tones, shows the Federal garrison marching out of the ruined fort fully armed, behind fifes and drum, with the Stars and Stripes held high. The Confederate first national flag flies above the battlements as the victorious southerners watch the passing Union troops. The painting, 7.5" x 6" (sight size), is mounted on board and attractively framed with a French mat, 14.75" x 14" (overall). The painting is signed with Davis's distinctive initial "D" in the lower left corner. The title of the piece is hand written on the board in the lower left. The back has an ink notation, "From Century collection of Civil War art". Davis was a nineteenth century American artist, who made numerous drawings of significant military and political events during the American Civil War and its aftermath. Many of his drawings were published as wood engravings in Harper's Weekly. Davis later designed the spectacular Rutherford B. Hayes White House china service. A very fine painting in excellent condition.

    More Information: Theodore R. Davis became a special artist for Harper's Weekly in 1861.  He traveled through the south that spring with William Howard Russell of the London Times.  He arrived in Charleston two days after the garrison's surrender and completed several sketches from which he produced this image for Century Magazine's "Battles and Leaders" series.  Davis was born in Boston in 1840 and moved to Brooklyn when he was 15 where he received some art training.  Davis created over 250 images for Harper's Weekly during the war and was wounded twice.  He remained with Harper's for 23 years and then became a free lance artist with his studies at Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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