Study of Mexican War Officer on Horseback, 1892
Courtesy of the owner
Oil on canvas, 10 x 14 inches
This small study, along with evidence of a study done for
another one of the Army and Navy
suggests that Trego’s usual approach of making individual studies for the major
figures in his paintings was employed throughout the George Barrie commission. Though this was intended
only as a sketch, a means to an end, Trego has obviously devoted significant
time and effort to perfecting the rendering of the horse, a reflection of his
lifelong love of horses. The
artist dedicated considerable amounts of time and effort to the George Barrie
paintings, even though they would never be publicly exhibited or reviewed in
ways that would enhance his career.
The study was obtained from the artist’s estate by Walter E.
Baum and has been passed down in Baum’s family. It is now in the collection of
one of Baum’s grandsons.
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."
The painting is in good condition
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