Charging the Battery
Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 x 44 in. ( 91.4 x 111.8 cm ) frame: 54 x 62 x 5 in. ( 137.2 x 157.5 x 12.7 cm )
Signed, dated, upper right: Gilbert Gaul, 1882
Text accompanying the painting when it was exhibited at the National Academy of Design, in 1882, reads: "A night attack made by Uniion troops on a rebel battery placed in a narrow mountain-roadway. The captain gives the command through the bugler, encouraging the men forward. Numbers of the wounded have crawled behind projecting rocks out of the line of fire. The scene is full of most vigorous action. It is a monlight night, and there is also a bright light from the flashing of the guns of the battery."
"Drawing Room. Fifty Seventh Academy," The Art Interchange, March 30, 1882, p. 74. "The Fifty-Seventh Annual Exhibition of Paintings," New York Herald, March 24, 1882, n.p. "The National Academy of Design," Harper's Weekly, March 25, 1882, pp, 187, 189. "The National Academy Exhibition," The New York Sun, March 26, 1882, p. 1. "National Academy of Design," The New York Mirror, April 8, 1882, p. 4. "The Fine Arts. National Academy. Fifty-Seventh Exhibition," The Critic, April 8, 1882, p. 104. "The National Academy Exhibition," The Art Amateur, May 1882, pp. 116-8. "Art Notes. New York-Academy of Design," The Art Journal, June, 1882, pp. 189-90. "The Studio. Fifty-Sixth Academy," The Art Interchange, July 27, 1882, p. 103 Naylor, Maria, Ed., The National Academy of Design Exhibition Record 1861-1900, New York: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., 1973 pp.329-30 Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. I, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, p. 61. Blaugrund, Annette, Paris 1889: American Artists at the Universal Exposition, Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1989, n.p.
Gift of Mr. Donald Anderson
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