Portrait of a U.S. Lt. Colonel by Remington Schuyler
Guns International #: 100450513 Seller's Inventory #: 25442
Category: Military Collectible U.S. - Art - Painting & Print
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This is an attractive and expertly painted portrait of an unidentified Lt. Colonel in the 82nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army (the “All American” division and progenitor of the 82nd Airborne). The painting depicts the mustachioed officer in a chest up view while wearing his olive drab woolen tunic with Sam Browne strap, blue-piped garrison cap, ribbon bar (with World War victory medal dating the portrait to just after the war), and prominent 82nd Division “AA” shoulder patch. The painting has a plain gray background and is signed by the artist in the lower right: “REMINGTON SCHUYLER/LEGION ARTIST”. The picture is housed in its original gilded wood and plaster frame (24 1/2” x 28”) that has moderate edge wear, age staining along the gilded finish, and some minor chipping to the plaster. Remington Schuyler (b. 1884 – d. 1955) was born in Buffalo, NY, the middle child of three brothers, and was related to his namesake, Frederic Remington through his mother. He studied art at Washington University, the National Academy in Rome, the Academie Julian in Paris, and the Art Students League in New York where he was introduced to Howard Pyle. Through his association with Pyle, Schuyler was soon producing cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines. He moved to New Rochelle, NY, in 1916 and, following World War I, began to receive commissions from Boy's Life (perhaps with some help from his friend and neighbor, Norman Rockwell). Schuyler was active in the Boy Scouts for over thirty years and even formulated some of the rules for earning merit badges. His burgeoning illustration career was threatened by the Great Depression but he was able to secure a niche for himself by painting sensational and dramatic pulp magazine covers and also by painting murals for the W.P.A. In 1948 he moved back to Missouri where he taught art at Missouri Valley College for the next six years. This portrait came out of the New Rochelle area and, although we cannot find any record, the signature implies that Schuyler was the official artist of at least one of the local American Legion posts. This is a terrific piece of signed military art by one of the lesser known artist from America's “Golden Age” of illustration and would make a great addition to a gun room or office.
Manufacturer: Remington Schuyler