SO BRAVELY & SO WELL: The Life and Art of William T. Trego


SO BRAVELY & SO WELL: The Life and Art of William T. Trego

JOSEPH P. ECKHART    Book Number: 85047    Product format: Hardback

William Brooke Thomas Trego was born on 15 September 1858, the fifth of six children born to prolific and much-sought-after artist Jonathan Trego and his wife Emily. At the age of 18 months however, William became seriously ill, most likely with polio, which left him severely paralysed for the rest of his life, his hands bent out of shape and scarcely able to walk. Although barely able to hold a brush and mix colour, his father recognised in William a talent akin to his own and under his tutelage William went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Académie Julian in Paris. Although he would never experience first-hand the horror of war, living through the American Civil and the Franco-Prussian Wars fired his imagination and his uncanny ability to depict battle from the point of view of fighting men and horses earned him international recognition. This he achieved by recreating battle scenes outdoors with meticulous care, using models wearing authentic uniforms from his own collection. He would make countless charcoal sketches, working up the men and horses into individual detailed oil studies before actually applying paint to his final canvas. When you first cast eyes upon his work the drama of battle, every horse's straining sinew and the action of every single soldier bursts out of the canvas in such a way that it could almost be a photograph. There is a great deal of entirely new source material plus many recently discovered preliminary sketches, letters and Trego family correspondence which, rather like his remarkable paintings, create a three-dimensional portrait of a man who refused to be limited by his disadvantages. The book also explores his often-overlooked work as sculptor, illustrator and teacher as well as his failed romances, fierce independence to his tragic end - his largest canvas ever, The Chariot Race from Ben Hur (8 feet x 4 feet, 1908) failed to gain the recognition he felt it deserved, and he committed suicide in June that year. Includes his romantic colourful oil The Lady of Shalott, woodland with red parrot, oxen in the evening light, Black Musician and his dancing wife, almost photographic farmer and sheepdog, farming couple, old lady by the window and cats. With over 100 colour and b/w plates. 146pp, landscape format 12"×10¾".
Click YouTube icon to see this book come to life on video.
Published price: $39.95
Bibliophile price: £6.00


Additional product information

ISBN 9781879636309
Browse these categories as well: Art & Architecture, War & Militaria

Customers who bought this product also bought

BIRTH OF A REPUBLIC
Bibliophile price: £4.00
MUST I REPEAT MYSELF? Unpublished Letters
Bibliophile price: £4.00
MADAM AND EVE: Women Portraying Women
Bibliophile price: £20.00