William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Compositional Study for "The Rescue of the Colors," 1899

Courtesy of William T. Fribley

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Oil on canvas, oil sketch, 25 x 30 inches
William T. Fribley


Although the proportions of this canvas are more compact than those of the final version of the painting, it contains the entire composition. Comparing this sketch to the final work, we can see that while he was satisfied with the composition for the most part, Trego made a few minor changes. The soldier near the center, whose right arm is raised brandishing a sword in this sketch, has lowered his arm in the final version. The treatment is very sketchy, unlike some of Trego’s more meticulous studies.


There are some serious condition issues, with paint loses in many areas.

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