William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Horse Artillery, 1865. Going into Battery: Skirmish before Petersburg. 1893

Courtesy of the West Point Museum Art Collection, West Point Military Academy, New York

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Alternate title: Horse Artillery Going Into Battery; Artillery Going Into Action
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
Signed lr: “W. T. Trego”
West Point Museum Art Collection, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, accession #15,140


The painting is one of seven commissioned by publisher George Barrie of Philadelphia as illustrations for his monumental book The Army and Navy of the United States, published in Philadelphia, 1889–95. It was reproduced in section 5 as a photogravure, 9½ by 13¾ inches, hand colored in deluxe editions. The image was also issued separately as a black-and-white mounted print.


Owned by Thomas Corwin Donaldson, who died in 1898. The following year the painting, identified as “Artillery Going Into Action,” was sold by Davis and Harvey Galleries, in Philadelphia. It was part of the Alexander McCook Craighead Collection by 1959. It was bequeathed to West Point by Craighead in 1968


Dayton, Ohio, October and November 1959: as “Horse Artillery Going Into Battle, Petersburg, Virginia,” it was shown as part of the Alexander McCook Craighead Collection of Military Paintings at the Dayton Art Institute


Watt P. Marchman, The “Memoirs” of Thomas Donaldson, http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/

Dayton Art Institute Bulletin 18, no. 2, October–November 1959


The painting has been extensively overpainted, with the upper two-thirds entirely reworked. (Curatorial records, West Point Museum)

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