Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 23, 1976 · Page 148
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 148

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 23, 1976
Page 148
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German-born Emanuel Leutze made this scene famous, painting it three times. This version sold in 7974 for $260,000, is on loan to a Dusseldorf, Germany, museum. by Charles Peterson O ne of America's most popular historical paintings,* "Washington Crossing the Delaware," was not painted in the United States. It was painted by German-born Emanuel Leutze (1816-1868) in Diissel- dorf, Germany, 125 years ago. It shows Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas Eve, 1776, to fight the Hessians, the German mercenaries hired by the British. Leutze's painting was recently shown in the art museum in Diisseidorf where' the Germans are under the impression that it shows Washington crossing the Delaware to fight the British--not the Germans. In any event, the facts concerning this patriotic painting and its artist are these: Emanuel Leutze was bom at Ground, Wiirttemberg, Germany, May 24,1816, and taken as a child by his parents to Philadelphia, Pa., where as a boy he showed great artistic promise. At 25 he earned enough money from his art work to go to Dusseldorf, which was then the world center for historical and landscape painting. A center for artists Leutze was eventually followed to Dusseldorf by such outstanding American artists as George Caleb Bingham, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Wimar, Eastman Johnson, and about 40 others who constituted the largest group of foreign artists studying in the Rhineland. Most of these American painters concentrated on U.S. history and landscapes. In Dusseldorf, Emanuel Leutze, an incredibly "fast worker,^ painted three versions of "Washington Crossing the Delaware." One suffered damage in a fire, subsequently was repaired and hung in the Bremen kunsthalle until 1942 when British and American bombers virtually destroyed Bremen. - The second was shipped to the U.S. in 1851 and hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City,-where it won instantaneous popularity. It hangs there still, invariably a showstopper. The third version, which became the model for the now famous and widely circulated engraving, hung in the White House until September, 1973, when its owner. Secretary of the Navy Middendorf, put it up for auction. It was purchased in 1974 for $260,000 by Duane Hillmer of Omaha, who this year loaned it to the Dusseldorf Art'Museum for its retrospective.. " Emanuel Leutze died in Washington, D.C., at age 52. His is a case in which the painting is infinitely better known than the painter. Here's softness, fashion, perfect fit, sensible pricing -everything it takes to make our shoes rare finds! Lively burlap Grasshopper* by Keds with full padded insoles and rope-trimmed crepe soles. COUMS: WHITE BURLAP. BEIGE BURLAP Oft BLUE DENIM. SIZES: NARROW -- 5'A through 12 MEDIUM-4 thraugh12 (NO HALF SIZES OVER 10) §HERSY-$1X95 Wear with anything leather pumps with padded insoles and great little % inch heels. COLORS: WHITE. CAMEL, NAVY. RED OR BLACK. SIZES: NARROW --S'A through 12 MEDIUM -- 4 through 12 WIDE -- 5 through 12 (NO HALF SIZES OVER 10) J MARGrIE- $12.95 Super-soft marshmallow patent sandals with elasticized back straps. Foam-cushioned insoles, 1Vi inch heels. COLORS: WHITE. BONE. NAVY, RED OR BLACK. SIZES: NARROW -- S'A through 12 MEDIUM -- 4 through 12 WIDE--5 through 12 (NO HALF SIZES OVER 10) TO ORDER USE COUPON OR SEND LETTER · Add S1.25 for postage · 81.00 extra for all sizes over 10 · Sorry, no C.O.D.'s · Refund if not delighted WANDY-$13.95 Indoor-outdoor women's leather loafers with padded insoles and easy going low heels. COLORS: WHITE, BONE. CAMEL, BLACK OR GOLD. SIZES: NARROW -- SVi through 12 MEDIUM -- 4 through 12 WIDE -- 5 through 12 (NO HALF SIZES OVER 10) I Send order* to: I SOFWEAR SHOES (Please Print) - -- ORDER FOAM :· 1811 San Jadnto · D«pL PO Houston, T«XM 77002 ! ADDRESS. CITY .STATE. -ZIP- NAME OF SHOE SIZE WIDTH COLOR PRICE Texas residents add 5% sales tax. Add $1.25 postage _ TOTAL $_ Emanuef leutze, who painted in the US. and his native Germany, died in 7868. ofwsar

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