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LINCOLN & GRANT INSPECTING PRISONERS Original gouache on paper, 16" x 26", painted en grisaille or entirely in monochrome, likely intended as a model for an illustration, showing the stoic President and Grant astride horses surveying a line of bedraggled Confederate prisoners, some wounded, as they are marched past by their Union guards. In the background are several tents and stands of arms. The painting is signed by artist Benjamin West Clinedinst at lower-right, and dated 1897. Very good to fine condition, matted and in a wood frame. Benjamin West Clinedinst (1859-1931) was an American illustrator and painter, born at Woodstock, Va. He studied for a year in Baltimore and for five years in Paris under Cabanel and Bonnat and first attracted attention in New York with his illustrations for Leslie's Weekly. He was best known as the illustrator of Thomas Nelson Page's Unc' Edinburg, the works of Hawthorne, Stevenson, and Mark Twain, although he worked also in oils and water colors. His sympathetic collaboration with the author gave his work an especial charm. He was awarded the Evans prize of the American Water-Color Society in 1900. A fine piece of art, ideal for display. Not examined out of frame.
Estimate $ 800-1,200

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