FRAMED VINTAGE OIL PAINTING OF CONFEDERATE FLAGS, ID’D TO COL. JOHN T. GIBSON, VIRGINIA -ROCKBRIDGE 1st LIGHT ARTILLERY

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This late nineteenth century original oil painting features three crossed flags of the Confederacy- the Second National Flag (known as the “Stainless Banner”), the Confederate Battle Flag, and the First National Flag. Colors on flags are vibrant, and are outstanding against the gray background.

Painting is signed by artist in lower left corner, “M. NELSON”. Nothing is known of this artist.

Painting is housed in original frame, which is made of wood coated in plaster, resembling bone, with a decorative brass insert. Brackets on reverse that hold it together are marked with the date and patent, “PAT. FEB 1883 / JUNE 1885 A.D.S.” Measures 9 ¾” x 12 ¾”. Reverse has wire for hanging purposes.  Frame has scattered small cracks and chips.

The painting originally belonged to Col. John Thomas Gibson, who was born on January 3, 1825 in Romney, New Hampshire County, Virginia. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied law. He was a member of the Virginia legislature from 1851-53, and again from 1859-60. At the start of the Civil War he was a resident of Charles Town, West Virginia. He enlisted on August 14, 1861 at Centreville, Virginia as a Private and was mustered into “1st” Co. Virginia Rockbridge 1st Light Artillery. On November 12, 1861 he was transferred into Field & Staff 55th Virginia Militia Infantry where he was promoted to Colonel. He also had service in Co. “I”, 1st Virginia Engineer, where he served as 1st Sergeant. After the war, Gibson served as the Mayor of Charlestown, West Virginia. He died on January 29, 1904 and is buried in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charlestown.

Gibson built the house, now known as the “Gibson-Todd House”, in 1891 at Charlestown, West Virginia, on the same property that abolitionist John Brown was executed at in 1859. Thirty years prior, Col. Gibson was the leader of the Virginia militia that helped Robert E. Lee capture Brown at Harper’s Ferry.  Three generations of the family lived in the home, which was an 18 room, two and a half story red brick structure that featured the latest amenities of the period. It is documented that Gibson had this painting hanging in his study on the third floor.

This painting was purchased by Randall C. Smyth at the public auction for the estate of the late Mrs. Augustine Jacquilin Todd (Col. Gibson’s granddaughter) on May 29, 1987, in Charlestown, West Virginia at the Gibson-Todd house.

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