RARE/BEAUTIFUL-Spanish American War Painting- 1898
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Location Grand Rapids, MI 49501
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This canvas oil painting dated 1898 was passed down through my family by my great uncle who allegedly fought with Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. The painting depicts the artist's memories of the 33rd Michigan regiment, Company "L" that was deployed in the Battle of Cuba. The 33rd and the 34th regiments departed in May 1898 for Falls Church, Va., and shortly thereafter embarked from Tampa, Fl and on to Cuba on the transports "Paris" and "Harvard." The regiments were originally assigned to General Duffield's brigade, a part of General Shafter's army which fought and defeated the Spaniards at Santiago. They did not participate in the fight at San Juan Hill, but were engaged in the attack at Aguadores, which was planned to divert the enemy from the main battle and prevent their reinforcing it. In this engagement, three men of the 33rd regiment were killed or died of wounds. Yellow fever broke out in the camp at Siboney and 50 men died there, at Montauk Point or on the transport bound for the latter camp. The 34th suffered even more severely; 88 deaths in that Regiment were recorded. A large proportion of the deaths were due to yellow fever the soldiers had contracted while in camp near Santiago or in the hospitals on Long Island, N.Y. After the war ended, this painting was given to my great uncle upon his returned from the Spanish American War. The artist signed the painting J. Perry with a date of '98. The framed still life painting of a musket/rifle, a bullet belt, blanket, pack, field canteen (with insignia of C.O.L. 33) and eating utensils measures approximately 45 inches by 23 inches and within its large frame measures approximately 51inches by 29 inches. The artist signed the painting J. Perry, dated ‘98, but according to art experts and art galleries they suggested the artist may be James Raymond Perry (Northfield, Massachusetts, lived and active in Illinois 1863). Additionally, an internet search of the internet database ‘artnet’ reported auction results from the auction house of Christie’s East which sold an oil on canvas landscape painting by an artist J. Perry on November 15,1993. This large unique oil on canvas still life and frame are described by art appraisers as in good condition and could be appraised at $4000.00 to $5000.00, although it requires some cleaning and repairs to two small tears to the canvas. This large oil on canvas Spanish American War era painting would make a great addition to any American history/American war enthusiast’s collection and a magnificent add-on to any hunter’s trophy room as well as a grand piece to be display in any hunting or fishing lodge or resort. The painting has two very small blemishes/tears (approximately 1") in the canvas that happened sometime in the last 117 years on it's life. The buyer is advised that a appraisal service/art dealer believes that the cost of cleaning and easily repaired tears would be estimated at approximately $600.00 to $700.00. Shipping and insurance costs are to be paid by the buyer and will only pay the actual amount along with a bank cashier's check. If the Buyer chooses to use Pay Pal the seller requests to be reimbursed for the fee charge. If you have any questions at all please e-mail seller. Thank you for your interest and consideration in this matter.
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