Lawrence Thompson Dickinson (Maryland/Tennessee, b. 1843) oval oil on canvas portrait painting titled "Maj. Gen. P. R. Cleburne". Depicts the Confederate States of America Major General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne in uniform against a light blue background and surrounded by a light brown border. Titled, lower center of canvas. Signed "L. T. Dickinson Ch – Decoration Committee Chattanooga Tenn", en verso of canvas. Stamped "F. T. Foster at 160 Vine St. Ohio" top of stretcher, en verso. 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. 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). Note: Colonel F. T. Foster was the Chairman of the Mexicans Veterans Arrangement, Mexican War. CONDITION: Overall good condition with surface grime, scratches, white paint marks, largest 5", to surface of canvas. Pinprick holes to canvas, concentrated on light brown border. Areas of damage, largest 1 1/4", with inpainting, top left of canvas, with approximately 4" x 5" area of brown paper adhered to verso of canvas. Overall buckling to canvas. Stretcher marks visible to majority of perimeter.
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