Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1887

Artist:

George Cope
American, 1855–1929

About this artwork

George Cope spent most of his life in West Chester, Pennsylvania where he specialized in local landscapes and still-life paintings. This large work, known in the 19th century as an “exhibition hanging picture,” was Cope’s first documented canvas in the trompe l’oeil style. Commissioned in 1887 by the artist’s friend Levi McCauley, a leading citizen of West Chester, this carefully organized and balanced composition depicts precisely rendered swords, military medals, a leather belt and buckle, a Major’s kepi (hat), and a holster, all of which belonged to the patron. The ensemble of military artifacts commemorates Major McCauley’s participation in the Civil War.

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Artist

George Cope

Title

Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley

Origin

United States

Date

1887

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

127 × 92.7 cm (50 × 36 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Quinn E. Delaney and Chauncey and Marion McCormick funds; Wesley M. Dixon Endowment

Reference Number

2000.134

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