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J. Hope

J. Hope

Federal (USV)


James Hope

(1818 - 1892)

Home State: Vermont

Education: Castleton (VT) Seminary

Command Billet: Scout

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Vermont Infantry

Before Antietam

"With money saved he attended the Castleton Vermont Seminary for a year and took up portrait painting. He painted in Rutland, Vermont in 1843, but moved to the more lucrative market of Montreal from 1844 to 1846. Upon leaving Montreal, Hope reestablished in Castleton and devoted himself to landscape painting. Hope send a Castleton landscape to the 1849 exhibition of the American Art Union and by 1854 head work accepted by the National Academy of Design. Thereafter, for more than twenty-five years, he was a frequent contributor to the exhibitions there and a the Brooklyn Art Association.   An occasional exhibitor in Boston, he also sent paintings to shows in Philadelphia, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Detroit, Utica, Chicago, and St. Louis."
(excerpted from James Hope, at White Mountain Art & Artists)

On the Campaign

"Hope had taken part in a dozen engagements prior to Antietam, but disabled by illness, was assigned to sideline duties as a scout and mapmaker. He recorded in his sketchbook the battle scenes before his eyes, and then after the battle converted his sketches into a series of five large paintings."
(text from National Park Service introduction to an online exhibit of the Hope Paintings)

After the War

After the war he acquired popularity as a painter of battle scenes. By 1872, however, he built a studio and art gallery in Watkins Glen, New York. There he spent the last twenty years of his life.


11/29/1818; Drygrange, Roxboroughshire, Scotland