(New York, 1813-1884)
Incident at St. David's Court Martial, unsigned, oil on canvas, 30 x 38-1/4 in.; reproduction carved gilt wood frame, 35-1/4 x 43-1/2 in.
Note: Tompkins Matteson was well known in the New York art world of the mid-nineteenth century. His renderings of famous historical scenes include Washington Crossing the Delaware and The Spirit of '76, and his work was well known through both the American Art Union and the National Academy of Design. It has been suggested that this scene represents the court martial of Lieutenant Colonel Isaac W. Stone, a New York militia officer who commanded the troops responsible for the looting and burning of the Village of St. David's, near the Canadian border, on July 18, 1814.
Provenance: The Estate of Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut
linen lined, stabilized crackle; frame with wear