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    Painting: James E. Taylor, "Zouave Battalion at Fortress Monroe", Watercolor on Paper. The evocative watercolor pictures zouaves of the 10th New York Infantry (National Zouaves) at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia in a rare moment of rest. The painting is particularly important for its accurate representation of the early-war uniform used by the National Zouaves. The artist, James E. Taylor, one of the preeminent painters documenting the American Civil War, served in the National Zouaves and was stationed at Fort Monroe between June 1861 and May 1862. Although undated, the painting may well date from his service at the fort. According to his obituary in the New York Times, Taylor, recorded camp life in drawings and paintings while in the service. The painting measures 13.75" x 12.5" (sight size, not examined out of the frame). It is signed in the lower right. The paining is attractively framed with a cream silk matte and a gold and gesso frame (21.25" x 20.25" overall). A label from the Kennedy Gallery, New York is affixed to the back of the frame.

    James E. Taylor, (1839-1901), was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the age of 16. By 18, he had painted a panorama of the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in the Tenth New York Infantry (National Zouaves) in 1861. While a soldier, he sent his battlefield drawings to Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and was hired as a "special artist" when he left the army in 1863. For the remainder of the war, he traveled with the Union Army in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Leslie's published 61 of his wartime drawings. After the war, Taylor traveled to the West with the Indian Peace Commission, and his drawings of the Medicine Lodge Council of the Peace Commission were published in Leslie's in 1867. He also produced numerous drawings of the aftermath of the Great Fire in Chicago in 1871. In 1883, he left Leslie's to be a freelance illustrator. He died in New York City.

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