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Retreat from Moscow: From Tolstoy's War and Peace. [Original John Groth Painting to be used in an Illustrated Edition of War & Peace].
[Unpublished in this form: The original painting was never published as part of the 1961 Heinemann edition of War and Peace]. - Size of matted painting: 35 ¾ in. x 27 ¾ in.; size of metal frame: 40 in. x 32 ¼ in x 1 ¼ in. (thick). A John Groth painting of the Napoleonic Army's retreat from Moscow during the winter of 1812, to be used as an illustration in an edition of Tolstoy's War and Peace. The painting shows the army on foot or horse, retreating through the snow under a gray sky, with a figure of a long dead soldier in the foreground. From the collection of bookseller & publisher, William (Bill) Targ (1907-99), whose printed mailing label is on the back of the mounting board, and identifies the painting: William Targ 101 West 12th Street New York, N. Y. RETREAT FROM MOSCOW by John Groth (oil) Planned for inclusion in the Heinemann ed. of War & Peace—rejected for budgetary reasons. Bill Targ was an early and close friend of the artist John Groth, and an admirer of his work. Most of Groth's work intended for book illustrations were drawings or watercolors that were suited to his style of working; he produced few oil paintings for this purpose, and they are considered rare. The framer's label on the back, reads: Decor Arts. Inc. 225 west 14th Street New York, N. Y. The frame is black, matte finished metal, with original hanging wire present; gray canvas-type material covered matting board around the painting, white matting board backing with the Targ label, and the framer's label. If purchased in the original, glass-fronted frame, this item requires special packing and shipping. Can also be sold without the glass-fronted frame, but with matting, and original Targ label. Weight: 15 lbs. (framed); postage may be extra on this item.
      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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