Horse and Rider, 1900
The Collection of Luther Dowlin
Vital StatisticsOil on canvas, 12 x 14 inches
Signed and dated ll: “Wm. T. Trego. Jan. 1900.”
On the stretcher, in pencil: "L. Dowlin" and "12 x 14." The hand writing has been identified as that of Martha Dowlin. There is also a fragment of a paper label: "....ber & Co. Art Supply House."
Collection of Luther Dowlin
CommentaryTrego’s small painting of neighbor “Jimmy” Krout of North Wales, dressed in a Spanish-American War uniform and mounted on horseback, was completed in January 1900, with the artist writing the month as well as the year on the canvas. It is possible that another small undated painting of a mounted soldier from the late Civil War or Indian Wars was done at the same time, perhaps with the same model. James Krout of North Wales was not a veteran of the Spanish-American War, however, and must have been recruited solely as a model.
This was one of the last military subjects that Trego did. Only one other military work, dated February 1900, is known to have followed it. Trego painted the month as well as the year on a small number of paintings in the early 1900s.