John Ross (New York, 19th Century) watercolor on paper portrait painting depicting Lieutenant John August, Esq., 14th Regiment New York State Militia (also called the 14th Brooklyn Chasseurs). August, about 28-years-old at the time the painting was executed, is depicted seated and wearing a light blue double breasted uniform with brass buttons, epaulets, blue shako, belt, blue sash, and light blue trousers with a white strip, and holding a sword, likely a Foot Officer's Sword, pattern 1850, against a grey background. Signature not visible, possibly under matte. Pencil inscription with sitter's name, information, and artist information with sketch, envelope with information about August's regiment, sword, and other Civil War era regimental information, en verso. Housed in a wooden frame with double sided glass and off white matte. Sight – 13 3/8" H x 9 1/2" W. Framed – 18 7/8" H x 15 1/4" W. American, mid 19th century. Provenance: The collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. Note: The 14th Regiment New York State Militia was a volunteer militia regiment from the City of Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1847. It is best known for its service in the Civil War, including most major engagements of the Eastern Theater: the First and Second Battles of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. CONDITION: Overall good condition with minute areas of loss to paint. Not examined outside of frame.
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