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Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1887

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

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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