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Petition to Abraham Lincoln for recruitment of black troops
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John Ward Dunsmore was one of America's leading painters of murals and historical subjects in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Society owns about thirty of his completed paintings and hundreds of his preliminary works. During World War I, Dunsmore was a major in the army in charge of Red Cross activities. On the left half of this canvas is a preparatory work for a self-portrait in his military uniform. The right half of the divided canvas contains a sketch drawn for another portrait.
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