Lawrence Thompson Dickinson (Maryland/Tennessee, b. 1843) oval oil on canvas portrait painting titled "Gen. Leonidas Polk". Depicts the Confederate States of America Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk in uniform against a light blue background and surrounded by a light brown metallic border. Titled, lower center of canvas. Unsigned. 41" H x 27 1/2" W. Late 19th century. Provenance: Private Ringgold, Georgia collection; among items purchased in the 1960's from the old location of the A. P. Stewart Chapter of the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), formerly the Nathan Bedford Forrest UCV (United Confederate Veterans) home, St. Elmo, Chattanooga, TN. Note: While this painting is unsigned, it was executed in the same style as the signed "Maj. Gen. P. R. Cleburne" example, Lot 500. Biography: L. T. Dickinson was born June 21, 1843 and enlisted August 25, 1862 in Charlottesville, VA as private in the 1st Maryland Cavalry, Company A. Dickson served for the duration of the war, including at Gettysburg where he acted as a courier for General Richard S. Ewell. After the war he served as the Commander of N. B. Forrest Camp, Chattanooga, TN. Dickinson was the author and illustrator of a number of Civil War related books, including "Services of a Maryland Command" Confederate Veteran 2, 1894, and "Personal Recollections and Experiences in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865", 1897, in addition to illustrations for the "Confederate Veteran" magazine. He also designed the limestone gate and wrought iron battle flag gate for the Confederate Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee, erected in 1901. (See: "Confederate Veteran: Published Monthly in the Interest of Confederate Veterans and Kindred Topics", Volume II, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1894). CONDITION: Overall good condition with surface grime, scratches, stains, largest 11", to surface of canvas. Pinprick holes to canvas, concentrated on light brown border. 1 1/2" tear, right of canvas. Overall buckling to canvas. Stretcher marks visible to majority of perimeter.
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