Jerry M. Wright; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1983
The popularity of the adventure stories of James Fenimore Cooper and the Art-Union penchant for Revolutionary War subjects led it to commission a pen-and-ink drawing by Thomas Hoppin from an episode in Cooper’s popular 1821 story of the stealthy escape of the supposed spy Captain Henry Wharton from the American dragoons. The drawing was line engraved for the membership and was then among the works distributed in the 1844 lottery.
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