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The Chicago Zouaves

Origin United States, New York
Period 19th Century
Materials oil on panel
Dimensions
W. 26 in; H. 29 in;
W. 66.04 cm; H. 73.66 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1861
Description The three Zouave soldiers in this painting were taken from a print published in Harper’s Weekly July 28, 1860. The artist, John Graff added the landscape of Battery Park in New York City, including the Crystal Gardens building to the background. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Chicago Zouaves were disbanded and Freeman Conner (left) and Edward Knox (right) later served as lieutenants in the New York Fire Zouaves and as field officers in the 44th New York, “The People’s Ellsworth Regiment”, named after Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the original organizer of the Chicago Zouave Drill Team. Another painting entitled The Chicago Zouaves at Utica by John Graff is in the collection of the Chicago History Museum.

The nationally famous Chicago Zouaves made an eastern tour in the summer months of 1860 challenging local militias to competitions as a form of public entertainment. The high point of the tour came in New York City, where tens of thousands gathered to watch the Zouaves drill in City Hall Park, and local journals were effusive in their praise. The pageantry ended abruptly with the onset of the Civil War the following year.
Styles / Movements Folk Art
Incollect Reference Number 246811
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