Two Colonial Soldiers, 1883
Courtesy of the owner
Oil and pencil on canvas, mounted on board, 16 x 20 inches ; on original stretchers, 14¾ x 19½ inches
Inscribed on reverse, in pencil: “Painted around 1898 [sic
] by William B. T. Trego/study for
large mural of Washington . . . [illegible]
reviewing his troops/BBaum/Studied with Bougereau [sic
] and at Beaux Art [sic
Inscribed on reverse, in ink: “W. T. Trego”/unfinished
sketch/W. E. Baum’s first teacher of art/from collection of Bert and Julia,
This study is especially interesting as it retains some of
the original pencil sketch for one figure and it is possible to see adjustments
made by the artist as he painted. The larger figure is a study for the young
soldier saluting Washington in The March to Valley
It is possible that the face on this saluting soldier
is that of the artist himself, though it is only a very simple sketch.
The sketch was obtained from the estate of the artist by his pupil and protégé, Walter E. Baum. It passed to Baum’s son,
Robert “Bert” Baum, who sold it to the mother of the current owner in 1963.
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."
Bert Baum removed the sketch from its original
stretchers and mounted it on artists board. The lines where the canvas wrapped
around the stretchers are still visible. The sketch is in good condition,
though it might benefit from a cleaning.
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