William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Quartermaster’s Department: Train of Pack Mules Attacked by Mexican Cavalry, 1847. 1892

Courtesy of the owner

Vital Statistics

Alternate title: Train of Pack Mules Attacked by Mexican Cavalry
Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
Signed ll: “W. T. Trego”
Private Collection

Commentary

The painting is one of seven commissioned by publisher George Barrie of Philadelphia as illustrations for his monumental work The Army and Navy of the United States, published in Philadelphia, 1889–95. The painting was reproduced in section 8 as a 9½- by-13¾-inch photogravure, hand colored in the original deluxe editions. Trego’s signature in the lower left corner of the canvas did not reproduce well and thus he was not credited with the work in Barrie’s book. Unlike the other prints, the reproductions of this scene were not always well served by the hand coloring they received.

Throughout the Mexican War (1846-48) supply trains of the United States Army were under constant threat of lightning attacks by the crack cavalry units of Mexican General Santa Anna. Here Trego shows the response of one of the American infantry units to such an assault.

Provenance

Sold at Auction, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1979. (Fine Americana, Sale Number 4211 [New York: Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., 1979]) to the father of the current owner.

Exhibitions

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."

Condition

The painting is in very good condition.



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