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Study for General Meade and Pennsylvania Troops in Camp Befo ... Image 1

Study for General Meade and Pennsylvania Troops in Camp Before Gettysburg, 1963, for the mural series The Creation and Preservation of the Union, Senate Chamber, Pennsylvania State Capitol

Gouache, ink, gold leaf on canvas board
Credit Line
Museum purchase, with generous funding provided in part by The Barra Foundation Art Acquisition Fund, 2015
17 5/8 x 24 ½ in.

Description & Inscriptions

On the north wall of the Senate Chamber, above each of the doorways bracketing the speaker’s rostrum, Oakley depicted historical events from the Revolutionary War and Civil War eras. An equestrian image of General Washington, who helped to create the nation in the Revolutionary War, is juxtaposed with General Meade, who helped to preserve the nation in the Civil War.

This and a study for her mural featuring George Washington were included in a 1916 exhibition at the Architectural League of New York. She won a Medal of Honor for her murals in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, the first-ever such medal awarded to a woman.


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