American School illustration painting attributed to Allen (Carter) Christian Redwood (American/Virginia, 1844-1922), watercolor and gouache on paper (laid on cardstock), tavern scene depicting several men, possibly Civil War soldiers, sitting around an indoor fire, with some playing cards at a table in the background. Signed "A.C.R." lower left (signature partially covered by frame). Housed and matted under glass in a wooden frame with gilt rabbet edge. Sight – 9" H x 12" W. Framed – 16 3/4" H x 19 1/4" W. Late 19th/early 20th century. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. Biography: Illustrator Allen Redwood was born in Lancaster, Virginia. His illustrations often reflected his own experience during the Civil War. He fought in the 55th Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia including at Bull Run, where he was captured, exchanged, and made a Major, and at Gettysburg, where he was injured and later imprisoned. After the war, he had studios in Baltimore and New York, and illustrated and wrote articles about the war for Century and Harper's Magazine. He also made illustration trips out West and to Cuba during the Spanish American War. He died at his home in Asheville, North Carolina in 1922. Sources: Walt Reed, The Illustrator in America, 1860-1940 ; Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940. CONDITION: Laid on cardstock. Possible pinprick holes to each corner. Minute paint chip, top left.
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