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    Doubtless one of the most famous and iconic paintings of the American Civil War.

    Sheridan's Ride From Winchester by Thomas Buchanan Read. Thomas Buchanan Read was a celebrated artist prior to the war, and served as a major on the staff on General Lew Wallace, giving lectures and creating propaganda art for the war effort. Also a poet and sculptor, Read was known as early as 1840 for his work, including a celebrated commission for a portrait of William Henry Harrison. His personal taste, however, ran to historical pictures with a poetic flair.

    In this painting of a dashing Major General Philip Sheridan, mounted on horse back, in the midst of the Battle of Winchester, Read created his most magnificent and important work. Born in Chester County Pennsylvania in 1822, Read exhibited his work at the Pennsylvania Academy and the National Academy of Design. After the war he briefly set up a studio in New Orleans for the express purpose of completing a portrait of Sheridan. He later returned to Rome to complete this exquisite picture of Sheridan in battle. The 38" x 54" striking oil depicts Sheridan at the zenith of his Civil War career. Sheridan is shown charging into battle with upraised saber on his famed horse Rienzi, renamed Winchester after this pivotal battle. Considered a war hero himself, Winchester was preserved after his death at the Smithsonian. Sheridan's appearance on the battlefield after a mad dash from some twenty miles away served to rally his wavering troops and turn the tide a battle in favor of the Union. The scattered cannon balls, canteens and broken rifles provide evidence of the battle raging around him. Signed and dated "T. Buchanan Read, Rome, 1870" at the lower left the vibrant colors and dynamic representation of Sheridan provide evidence of Read's poetically enhanced work. Indeed, Read composed a famous poem to coincide with the painting. Titled "Sheridan's Ride," Read eloquently describes the general's race to the battlefield in words he has translated into art in this picture, Sheridan's horse with "his wild eye full of fire" and Sheridan himself, "Hurrah! Hurrah for Sheridan! Hurrah! Hurrah for horse and man!"

    Beautifully mounted in a carved wood and gilt 4½" deep frame decorated with stars at the upper corners, laurel leaves with rosettes at the sides and stands of arms and flags at the lower corners. A winged classical head at the bottom is surmounted with a plaque denoting the painting and the artist. Overall superb condition, bright and vivid, truly one of the great American paintings to emerge from the Civil War era.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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