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Very rare original chromolithograph on canvas entitled, "Confederate Decoys" (also known as "Sold!"; "Fooled"; and "The Surprise") by Vermont artist, Julian Scott. Chromolithograph executed by Louis Prang of Boston in 1873, under Julian Scott's supervision. Julian Scott enlisted in the Union Army at age 15 in 1861; he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism at the Battle of Lee's Mills in 1862. What Matthew Brady is to Civil War photography, Julian Scott is to Civil War painting. The original oil painting of "Confederate Decoys" hangs in the Westervelt-Warner Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The significance of this chromolithograph is that, despite its condition, it more clearly captures the clarity and essence of the principal characteristic for which Scott is known: detail in individual features. These are portraits of individual soldiers who Scott had sketched during the War or who he had seen afterwards. The man in the center of the picture with the red Maltese cross on his slouch hat may well be Lt. Chamberlain, who led the charge at Little Round Top at Gettysburg. The oil painting in Alabama has been so over-restored that it has lost that essence: the faces have been disastrously re-touched and the colors of the Union uniforms and the canteen are wrong. This original chromolithograph is so rare that the only other copy I'm aware of is in the Library of Congress. The image shows the Confederates in retreat, having left decoys on a hilltop. Look at the surprise registered in the faces of the Union soldiers! A unique Civil War document.
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