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    Major General Winfield Scott: Oil on Wood Panel Portrait by Horace Joseph Eaton, dated August 1847. 8 7/8" x 12 1/8", in the original grained wood frame. Although Eaton served as Zachary Taylor's aide, and was known to have painted his portrait during the Mexican War, this previously unknown portrait of Scott was apparently executed at about the same time. Scott is depicted in profile in his regulation major general's uniform with buttons grouped in threes, high stand up collar, and shoulder straps. Scott's service to his country from the War of 1812 to the Civil war is a record rivaled by no other general in American history.

    Eaton's artistic talents were not only evidenced by his Mexican war portraits but by the numerous drawings he prepared of the Zuni and Navajo while stationed at Ft. Defiance in the New Mexico Territory from 1848 to 1856. Eaton graduated from West Point in 1835 and after resigning his commission in 1856 returned for service in the US Army during the Civil War. The painting is completely untouched and as found and, although showing obvious crazing from its great age, the paint is 100% tight and sound. It could doubtless benefit from a professional cleaning. Period pencil script on the back of the panel includes the identity of the subject, the attribution to Eaton and the date August 1847. An important period portrait of one of America's great military heroes, obviously the product of a skilled hand with a quaint primitive touch.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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