The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection: The Collection


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U.S. Cavalry OfficerU.S. Cavalry Officer in campaign Dress. Water-color, circa 1890 by Frederic Remington

Hundreds of artists are represented in the collection and there is anextensive listing by artist in the card catalogue. In the British section, there are original drawings by William Hogarth, Sir John Millais and Sir John Gilbert. The drawing by Hogarth is a preliminary study for England Plate 2 and depicts soldiers and maids outside a tavern. When Millais was a young boy he visited the Tower of London and made small ink sketches of the various armor on display. Some of these sketches are now in the Military Collection along with a pencil drawing representing fighting at a barricade in Paris during the 1848 revolution. Philip J. de Loutherbourg was one of the leading history painters in England in the late eighteenth-early nineteenth century and the collection has a series of pencil sketches done for his painting of the military camp held at Warley Common in 1778 now in the Royal Collection. There are original caricature and genre drawings by among others, Thomas Rowlandson and Sir John Tenniel, and hundreds of watercolors by Richard Simkin and Orlando Norie depicting British uniforms.

Two original pictures by Frederic Remington grace the American section. Both represent scenes of U.S. cavalrymen. One, a single figure on horseback, depicted above; the other, a group of troopers gathering around a colleague who has been shot. There is a sheet containing pen and ink studies possibly by John Singleton Copley, and a pencil study of British artillerymen hauling a cannon by Benjamin West. James Walker, a British artist who worked in America in the nineteenth century and painted several important canvases of Civil War battles, is represented by a suite of pencil studies dating from the war. Original pencil and watercolor designs by Huddy and Duval for the United States Military Magazine are contained in an album. A number of important twentieth century American artists are included in the World War Two art collection.

The French section, possibly the largest in the entire collection, contains many original artworks by leading French artists including seventeenth century battle scenes by Jacques Courtois, caricatures by Draner and Job, figure studies by Eugene Lami, Hippolyte Bellange and Edouard Detaille, and sketches and prints by Horace and Charles Vernet, Charlet and Raffet.