Signed: Lower Right
L. C. Earle n.d.
Size: 13 x 10 inches
William Christen, an expert in
19th century men's clothing I talked to recently
(December 2012) suggested this uniform
looked European. The hat is civilian. He
surmised it may be a soldier of the
Franco-Prussian War in 1870-71.
Earle was in Europe during the
early 1870s and known to be in Germany before
1874. He certainly could have found such a
subject to paint.
*Thanks to Dr. J. Gray Sweeney for permission
to use material from Artists of Grand Rapids 1840-1980, J. Gray Sweeney; Grand Rapids, 1981:
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Grand Rapids Public Museum