Leutze Emanuel - Mrs. Schuyler Burning Wheat Fields on Approach of British

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An archival premium Quality art Print of Mrs. Schuyler Burning her Wheat Fields on the Approach of the British by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist finished this oil on canvas in the year 1852. The size of the original artwork is 32 by 40 inches and now hangs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Catherine Van Rensselaer was born in Claverock, Columbia County, New York into a wealthy Dutch family and in 1755 she married Phillip John Schuyler, who was also from a wealthy land holding family. The couple inherited land holdings near Albany NY and built an estate there with wheat fields. During the Revolutionary War, John Schuyler was appointed a major general under General George Washington. Early in the war during the year 1777, General Burgoyne and his British troops attempted to make their way down the Hudson Valley, but met a lot of resistance from the American Patriots who created road blocks, destroying all the provisions and doing anything necessary to make Burgoyne's trip more difficult. On her husband's orders, Mrs. Schuyler bravely made her way to their estate near Albany to burn the vast and profitable wheat fields and to request that his tenants on all their farms do the same thing in order to prevent the British from harvesting all the grain. This was surely a major sacrifice to these American Colonists as the prices of grains were probably very high since this was war time. This image portrays the bravery in her actions, by setting the fire herself and passing on her husband's orders for all the farmers to do the same thing. Famous people art print #48

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