Friday, July 9, 2010

Color Corporal Henry Spayd, 149th Pa Vol. "Bucktails"

I'm currently working on a pencil drawing of Color Corporal Henry Spayd of the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry of Stone's "Bucktail" brigade. This drawing will be part of my display at next week's Artist Preservation Group miniature and art exhibition in Gettysburg, Pa. The APG sponsored the conservation of a flag from the 149th that will be unveiled in Gettysburg next Friday. To read about Spayed and the episode involving the colors of the 149th read HERE. Though I plan to do an oil painting of Spayed I'm going to settle for bringing the drawing instead. The Summer heat and wanting to get the painting right instead of rushed brought about the idea of bringing the drawing instead.

Here is a detail shot of the drawing. I was a bit concerned about the likeness as there is only one period photograph of Spayd that that I'm aware of. The discovery of a Grand Army of the Republic medal with Spayd in relief has me feeling a little better about his likeness.

I plan on doing more drawings and or paintings of the 149th Color Guard and the incident that happened on July 1, 1863.


Jason said...

I love it pard! What a great pose. Would make an awesome figure;)

Wendy said...

That is gorgeous pencil work!

Gary Dombrowski said...

Jason and Wendy, Thanks. I really enjoyed doing this piece. ~Gary