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Prisoners from the Front, (painting)

Catalog Data

Painter:
Homer, Winslow 1836-1910  Search this
Subject:
Barlow, Francis Channing  Search this
Baker, John A  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 22.207
Date:
1866
Notes:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975.
Hendricks, Gordon, "The Life and Work of Winslow Homer," New York: Abrams, 1979.
Spassky, Natalie, "American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume II: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845," New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, pg. 437.
Cikovsky, Nicolai, Jr. and Franklin Kelly, "Winslow Homer," Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1995, no. 10.
Adler, Kathleen, Erica E. Hirshler and H. Barbara Weinberg, "Americans in Paris, 1860-1900," London : National Gallery, 2006, no. 96.
Anderson, Nancy K., "George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings," Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2008, pg. 148.
Summary:
Battlefield scene depicting three captured Confederate soldiers and a Union escort standing before Union officer Brigadier-General Francis Channing Barlow (1834-1896). The figures stand against a background depicting dismounted Union soldiers and a desolate landscape covered with burned tree stumps. On the far right, a white flag bears the red cloverleaf insignia of the First Division of the Second Corps, and the Union escort to the right of the prisoners wears a cap with the same red cloverleaf insignia above the number 61, for the Sixty-first New York Volunteers. General Barlow, who was commanding officer of the First Division of the Second Corps, was also a family friend and classmate of Winslow Homer's brother Charles, and Barlow assisted Homer during his visits to the front. The scene has been identified as Barlow's capture of Confederate Colonel John A. Baker of the Third North Carolina Cavalry and two of his soldiers, which took place on June 21, 1864. Colonel Baker stands in the middle, his right hand on his hip staring at General Barlow who stares back, standing with his hands clasped behind his back.
Topic:
History--United States--Civil War  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
State of Being--Evil--War  Search this
State of Being--Evil--Imprisonment  Search this
Architecture exterior--Military--Battlefield  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36120454
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_42230