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The woman kisses the sword of her officer, dedicating it to a noble cause.
The symbolism of the gray-blue color scheme must have been obvious to the artist’s postwar audience.
This canvas recalled the romantic spirit in which many men went off to battle.
George Whitney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1866 (Member Board of Directors, PAFA); (Parke-Bernet Galleries, October 16, 1955); (Berry-Hill Gallery, New York, New York); private collection, New York; (Berry-Hill Gallery, New York, New York); (Parke-Bernet Galleries, October 10, 1969, #2914, #20A Illustrated); (Hamilton Gallery, New York, New York, October 16, 1971); IMA.