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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 907

The Capture of General Lee

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

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(late 18th/early 19th century)

American School, The Capture of General Charles Lee at Basking Ridge, unsigned, oil on tin, 21-1/4 x 27-1/2 in.; shadowbox frame, 25 x 31 in.; together with a mezzotint by Johann Martin Will (1727-1806) after Thomlinson, Charles Lee, Esqr. Major General of the Continental-Army, C. Shepherd, 1775, publisher, 13-3/4 x 9-1/4 in.; mounted on album sheet, laid paper, 19 x 15 in.; matted, unframed

Note: The Revolutionary War event illustrated here came at a critical time for the Continental Army--December of 1776. It shows the capture of General Charles Lee, third in command of the Continental Army, by British Troops under the command of Colonel Banastre Tarleton. The location is the Widow White's Tavern, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and the British Troops are identified by the green uniforms that Banastre Tarleton's British Legion wore during the period. The only other known image of this same scene is in the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey.

Provenance: Private Collection, New Jersey; Alexander Acevedo, New York, circa 1970s


floated in shadowbox frame, not examined out of frame, frame with wear; mezzotint closely trimmed, richly inked, printing crease, light scuffing to small areas of dark ink, mounted to album page with with stains and inscriptions in ink and pencil