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    Julian Scott (American 1846-1901). Original Oil Painting The Road March aka The March Home, 1879.
    Oil on canvas, 20.5"x 33" (52cm x 84cm). Signed and dated in the lower left corner "Julian Scott / 1879". The painting retains the original gilt liner and gilt Aesthetic Movement gesso frame with blocked rosettes in each corner. The outer, complimentary part of the frame has been replaced by the prestigious Eli Wilner & Company of New York. Their gold company medallion is inset into the back of the added frame. There is also a contemporary brass plaque engraved with the artist's name, dates of birth and death, and title The Road March mounted to the rear of the original frame. Research indicates that this painting has been sold under the name The March Home in past auctions. The painting is sold with a copy of Robert J. Titterton's excellent biography of the artist, Julian Scott Artist of the Civil War and Native America, published by McFarland & Company, Inc., publishers, 1997.

    This impressive work produces an almost endless stream of movement and details, providing a vitality and dynamism upon each new viewing. The theme at first seems a simple one: soldiers marching home from the war. However, upon closer inspection many intriguing details present themselves. For example, Scott used his likeness for the two men in the lower left corner, appropriately one a soldier, the other an artist holding his sketchbook. Further details include two drummer boys, the lead drummer barefoot with his shoes hung round his neck and with leaves sticking out of his cap to protect his neck from the sun. Behind him are two soldiers leading a hay wagon, next to them two freed African Americans carrying valises and one carrying a soldier's musket. What appears to be an officer lies atop the hay wagon under an umbrella. It has been commented that the mounted man following the wagon whose horse or mule helps himself to hay, bears a striking resemblance to Robert E. Lee on Traveller, but that is speculation. All in all, a wonderfully executed painting by a noted soldier and artist.

    Julian Scott (1846-1901) was born in Johnson, Vermont. Scott enlisted on June 1, 1861 as a drummer. He shortly thereafter mustered into "E" Company of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on April 16, 1862 at Lee's Mills, Virginia where he crossed a creek under terrific fire to rescue wounded soldiers. He was the first soldier to be awarded this honor, followed by many others during this horrific conflict. The lead drummer boy in this painting may, in fact, represent Scott who, as the artist with the sketchbook, views the scene "in his mind's eye" after the passage of many years. After the war, he applied his artistic skills towards painting scenes from the Civil War and native American scenes in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

    Condition: Excellent. The painting has been cleaned, relined and exhibits a few subtle signs of professional restoration. The large gilt frame has a few cracks and chips in the gilded gesso but is generally in very good condition.

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    June, 2016
    12th Sunday
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