William De La Montagne Cary (1840 – 1922) oil on canvas painting, Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders Storming San Juan Hill. Signed lower right corner, "W M Cary". This was the decisive battle of the Spanish American War. Cary depicts the American troops under fire as they surge up San Juan Hill, with a trench and block house at the top of the summit. Teddy Roosevelt is depicted in the center middle ground leading the charge with pistol in hand. Sight: 14" x 10". Framed: 18 1/2" x 14 1/2". Early 20th century. Biography: Cary learned to draw from his father and as a youth was apprenticed to an engraver. He had a long and successful career as a New York City-based illustrator for Harper's Weekly, Leslie's, Scribner's and other publications, concentrating primarily on American Western scenes. He and Theodore Roosevelt were personal friends and, at one point, neighbors in New York; this piece was likely done as a private gift or commission rather than for publication. Condition: Relined and restretched, painting flouresces for some areas in the lower sky indicating some inpainting. Contemporary frame. Condition: Relined and restretched, painting flouresces for some areas in the lower sky indicating some inpainting. Contemporary frame.
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