UNKNOWN INFANTRY CAPTAIN
Signed & Dated 1894
NEW YORK STATE MILITIA
Oil on canvas Dated
Unframed 39" x 29" Framed 46"
Signed in Brooklyn illegibly
Presented is a large 46” x 36 ½”
beautifully framed portrait of a captain in Company D of the 47th Regiment of the New York Militia which was technically
part of the National Guard. It was painted in 1894 and signed artistically in Brooklyn, NY, may be by Surhoff whom we
have been unable to identify. The captain is shown in his formal full dress blue choker uniform with silver and
gold epaulets, and with medals and his high quality regulation sword. The identity of this officer can
likely be determined from the records of the New York State Militia website, and though his regiment and company assignment
along with the medals he is authorized to wear. A worthy challenge for a researcher of military ancestors.
officer was a member of the company’s rifle team and wears a medal as 47th Regiment Champion in 1889. In
addition he held Sharpshooter badges for 1891 though 1894 inclusive. On center is a long string of what may be campaign badges,
but they are illegible. Left of center is a prominent 47th Regiment award. And to the far left are other indistinct
badges. His buckle has two large Gothic or Old English letters that are not NY. They may be A.D.
Medals, Badges, over sword plate and quality sword
The major conflict of that era was the War with Spain
which started on April 25, 1898. New York State
was asked to furnish twelve full regiments of infantry and two troops of cavalry to the war effort. The 47th Regiment
was one of those selected. If the officer was still active, he likely saw this service.
Provenance: From a New England auction
in 2009 and not before offered for sale. The cost
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THE ARTIST: Based on the stylized signature and date
in the lower right, the artist must have been a popular portraitist, but unfortunately we have not been able to identify
anyone with a name close to Surhoff active in the 1880-1890's.
The paint is a little brittle and should be handled with care. There may be some small repairs, but we have
not examined it under a black light. The extra build up of paint in a couple o places is not objectionable.
| Signed by Surhoff lower right Brooklyn, NY, 1894||
RESTRICTED TO U.S. AND CANADA ONLY because of size
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An antique portrait in the style of an American military paintings before the turn of the 20th Century
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