Monday, February 27, 2012

The Letter

The Letter, oil on cradled board, 12 x 12

Someone asked to create a "Civil War" themed painting. This Trompe L'oeil is the results.

The background: During the Civil War J W Sword published a newspaper for the confederacy. As his paper supply ran out, he stripped the wallpaper from his home and printed the news on the back of the paper.

The letter shows a confederate cancellation stamp and is addressed to Richmond.

The glasses and pocket watch are typical of the period. The watch belonged to my Great-Great Grandfather