Artist: Tompkins H. Matteson
Title: The Spirit That Won the War, 1855
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 48 1/8 in. (92.1 x 122.2 cm)
Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
Tompkins H. Matteson, a self-taught artist, based The Spirit That Won the War on a painting he previously created in 1845. Both paintings feature a young man being readied for the Revolutionary War, a reoccurring theme for many artists of the time. Matteson purposefully creates groups of people in the painting and each could tell an independent short story. In one group, a young man, is flanked by three women: one who provides instruction, another who secures his knapsack, and another who offers a satchel.