PAIR OF 1840’S PENNSYLVANIA MILITIA PRINTS

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This pair of prints are matching in size and in their mounting and framing. Both are in gold gilt wood frames that meas. approx. 19.50 x 17.00 inches. Both frames show light wear of one or two scattered paint chips. Nothing major. Both prints are matted by black painted glass with a gold border.

The first print in the group is a view of a military camp. The stone engraving shows a regiment of infantry in line and standing at the position of “SHOULDER, ARMS.” A close view will reveal each of the 10 companies. There are mounted officers and a group of civilians in the foreground while behind the line of infantry are neat rows of white tents arrayed in company streets with a large US flag fluttering in the breeze from the center of the camp. The camp is set at the foot of a large green hill. To the left of the camp is a rolling pastoral scene.

The scene is most likely the day on which the Pennsylvania Militia passed in review for General Winfield Scott who visited the encampment. Today the site is the city fairgrounds.

The colors used in the print are various shades of green, brown, blue, white and red. All colors are strong.

The bottom of the print bears the title “CAMP KOSCIUSKO, READING, PA. MAY 19th 1842.” The print was published by P. S. Duval of Philadelphia for HUDDY & DUVAL’S U.S. MILITARY MAGAZINE. Print meas. approx. 11.50 x 9.00 and is in excellent condition.

The companion print shows two artillery officers by a headquarters tent. Each of the officers bear particular facial features that would lead one to believe that at the time the print was published people would recognize who they are. One officer is handing the other a document while in the background is an enlisted man with his arm resting on a bronze cannon.

The officer closest to the tent, who is receiving the document, wears a dark blue double-breasted tailcoat and cadet gray trousers. The coat has a high collar with gold bullion braid and brush epaulettes. At his waist is his red sash and black leather belt with circular interlocking plate. His sword hangs from a black leather baldric that runs across his chest. On a folding camp stool behind him is a bell crowned shako with brass eagle and chinstrap with red feathered plume. The other officer wears a dark blue single-breasted frock coat with shoulder straps and white trousers. In his hand he holds a Pattern 1839 wheel cap. At his waist is a red sash and belt with rectangular plate. He also wears his sword attached to a black leather baldric. The enlisted man wears a bell crown shako on his head topped by a red over white plume, a dark blue, high collar, double-breasted tailcoat with brass shoulder scales and gold braid on the collar. He also wears a pair of cadet gray trousers. His crossed belts and waist belt are white. Behind the figures in the far background is a train and a U.S. flag on a pole.

Print is titled “READING ARTILLERISTS, OF READING, Pa.” and is also published by P. S. Duval of Philadelphia. Print meas. approx. 11.25 x 8.25 and is in good condition with only some light surface dirt and small water stains in each corner. This print appears to be hand colored.

Both prints are bright in appearance.  [ad]

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