Larry and I with the painting

Last autumn, I approached my good friend, former co-worker, and accomplished artist Larry A. Smail, about the prospects of having a painting done…knowing that Larry specialized in wildlife and French & Indian art, I wasn’t sure what he’d say when I asked him “how would you like to try a Civil War painting?”…but when he said “what’d you have in mind?”, we were off and running…we sat on his back deck for several hours discussing the idea…for many years now, I have been traveling to Gettysburg, knowing that I had an ancestor, Sgt. Daniel W. Swigart, who fought in the bloody Wheatfield there, as a soldier in the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry…I have been honored to portray the man in a Living History Unit of that Regiment, which features many other descendant members…all of the brave men who entered that field deserve to be recognized and remembered with the same regard as their comrades who fought on Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, the Railroad Cut and Culp’s Hill…that is why I asked Larry to consider the painting…

On a sunny October day,2010, I took Larry to the Wheatfield…we walked the hallowed ground there, talked at length about what took place there, photographed the various angles of the action there, and then the real work began…what Larry called “an enjoyable challenge” started with rough sketches, cutouts, photos, and countless hours of research…after several months, a 40″x24″ panel began to tell a story…before its’ completion, Larry and I even did a presentation at a local library, showing not only the painting process, but telling the story of the 62nd PVI-from the local ties of the men who mustered in, to their fateful fight for their lives on the evening of 2 July, 1863, when the entire Second Brigade of the First Division of the Fifth Corps of the Army of the Potomac, was almost lost-finding themselves surrounded by the enemy in the low ground along a stone fence in “The Wheatfield-Whirlpool of Death”…

Ironically, Larry completed the painting on July 2nd, 2011: 148 years after the battle…

Since then, we have been looking into having the painting made into prints, a process that is also complete…I am very pleased to announce that prints are now available in several editions and at varying costs, as follows:

“150th Anniversary Edition” prints–there will be 150 of these prints available, numbered 1 thru 150, signed by Larry, with a special hand drawn red maltese cross and anniversary note in the bottom border…these are available for $150.00

“Artist Proof” prints–there will be a very small run of these prints, signed and numbered 1 thru 45…these will be available for $120.00

“Limited Edition” prints–there will be 450 of these prints available, also signed by Larry and numbered 1 thru 450…these will be available for $100.00

All prices are unframed prints…we are currently waiting on a quote from a local framing specialist for a framing/matting package, which we will make available as soon as it is received…

Prints are 19″x 28.6″, with the image size measuring 16″x 26.7″

Portions of the proceeds from these prints will benefit Company D,62nd PVI Living History Unit, Camp#43-SUVCW, and the “Rest on Arms” Indiana County Memorial Project–all of whom strive every day to keep the service, the sacrifice, and the memories of our “boys in blue” alive…

If you are interested in a print, please contact me, either through this site, or one of the following:

Robert J. Bowser, 144 Preston Lane, Kittanning, PA 16201

724-545-1330[home]; 724-664-6625[cell]; or e-mail at 100yrs2L8@windstream.net

Please indicate the edition of print you would prefer, and if you desire a specific numbered print…

Further information available at www.larrysmailart.com  where you can also view many of Larry’s other paintings, as well his book about the French & Indian history in Armstrong County, and his instrumental CD “As the Deer”.

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