McCollough's Leap, signed and dated indistinctly lower right "AFisher 184?", oil on canvas, 27 x 21-1/2 in.; fine reproduction gilt wood frame, 29 x 34 in.
Note: On September 1, 1777, Major Samuel McColloch diverted the attacking Mingo, Wyandot and Shawnee attackers away from the small village of Wheeling, West Virginia, and allowed all the villagers to reach Fort Henry safely. McCollough alone remained outside the gates of the Fort once everyone else had reached safety. To avoid capture at all costs, pursued by bands of attackers from all sides, McCollough took a daring leap off the precipice confronting him--reins in one hand and rifle in the other- reached and crossed Wheeling Creek, and made it to safety. his now legendary leap is considered among the most daring feats of the Revolutionary War.
Provenance: Private Collection, New Jersey: Alexander Acevedo, New York, NY circa 1970s
wax and linen lined, retouch, evidence of possible repair at right side; frame with wear and losses to decoration