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Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




George Cope
American, 1855–1929

About this artwork

George Cope was commissioned in 1887 by his friend Levi McCauley of West Chester, Pennsylvania, to commemorate Major McCauley’s service in the Civil War. He depicted the ensemble of military artifacts in a style known as trompe l’oeil (French for “fools the eye”). With its shallow backdrop, precisely rendered objects—including swords, medals, a leather belt and buckle, a Major’s kepi (hat), and a holster—and accompanying shadows, the composition is convincing in its illusionism, drawing viewers in for a closer look.


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George Cope


Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley


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Oil on canvas


127 × 92.7 cm (50 × 36 1/2 in.)

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

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