A superb series of original sketches of a young man joining the United States Military during time period the war of 1812. The gentleman's name is identified simply as Mr. Jemand. There are five graphite illustrated 7' x 11 inch sketch book pages numbered 1-6 with the number 3 missing or never completed. Each circular sketch delightfully described by the artist, whom I believe is the soldier Mr. Jemand. Here is how each illustration is described from sketch pages 1-6:
1. Mr. Jemand contemplates the military from a distance.
2. He thinks it is glorious to serve his country and the tented field and joins the ranks.
3. For his good conduct and eminent services he receives a commission on the staff.
4. He flourishes himself with military equipment, retires to rest and dreams of glory.
5. When he never arrives, in consequence of an unforeseen accident and a baby cart.
6. He returns to his belongings.
7. The doctor arrives and prescribes a( sitz-bad)? or perhaps sitz-bod?
8. From which he contemplates life and the field of glory.
9. He slowly recovers, but is still thin.
10. He receives a call from his military tailor, who wishes to know if it will be convenient to settle that little bill."
One rarely finds sketches this early of American military life and these are without question a rarity and treasure.
Item ID: 2745