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    [J.E.B. Stuart] Original Painting by Loomis Lyman Langdon Presented to Stuart at the United States Military Academy at West Point, November 1853. In the 1850s Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point were required to take a course in art and painting, taught primarily so that later, as soldiers, they would be able to sketch battle plans. The head of the Department of Drawing was Robert W. Weir, who joined the faculty in 1834. Among Weir's many pupils was a particularly artistically talented cadet, from the Class of 1843, Ulysses Grant. When Colonel Robert E. Lee (Class of 1829) became superintendent of the academy in 1852, he spent a lot of time with the cadets and encouraged them in their artistic studies. Cadets were often seen with sketchbooks in hand practicing the skills Robert Weir taught. It was common for cadets to exchange examples of their work with their fellow students. This painting, by Loomis Lyman Langdon (Class of 1854), was given to his classmate and friend James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart in November, 1853. It is a watercolor on paper showing a stream by a country road with a man and woman conversing in the roadway, a man outside of a farmhouse, a man fishing in the stream, and a young boy launching a toy boat. The painting, 15" x 11.5", is signed and inscribed in the lower right, "Painted for J. E. B. Stuart / by L. L. Langdon / Nov. 1853". Modest chipping at the corners, else, fine.

    Loomis Lyman Langdon was a career military officer. After graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1854, he took up a posting with the First Artillery Regiment at Ft. Dallas, Florida. He served during the Third Seminole War and participating in the fighting in April 1856 in the Big Cypress Swamp. Over the course of the next thirty-one years, he served in nine other areas of the state. At the out the outbreak of the Civil War, Langdon helped repulse the Confederate attack on Santa Rosa Island and Fort Barrancas in Pensacola. He also fought in the Battle of Olustee, followed by commanding Fort Pickens during the yellow fever outbreaks and during Geronimo's captivity. He retired from the United States Army in 1894 as a brigadier general. He died in 1910 and was buried at his alma mater, West Point.

    Other members of the Class of 1854 were George Washington Custis Lee (Robert E. Lee's son), Thomas Howard Ruger, Oliver Otis Howard, James Deshler, John Pegram, Archibald Gracie Jr., Stephen Dill Lee, and James McNeill Whistler (who did not graduate). Other drawings or paintings given to J. E. B. Stuart that we are offering were rendered by Pegram, Edwin Franklin Townsend (Class of 1854), Charles Green Sawtelle (Class of 1854), Alexander Webb (Class of 1855), Charles Geddings Rogers (Class of 1854), William Woods Averell (Class of 1855), John R. Chambliss (Class of 1853), and Mary Custis Lee. Given by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Loomis Lyman Langdon to J. E. B. Stuart


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