Henry Alexander Ogden was an historical genre painter and illustrator especially known for his depictions of American colonial life and military history. Born in Philadelphia, he studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York, and spent the rest of his career there. He was commissioned by the Quarter-Master General’s Department of the U.S. Army to paint a collection of uniforms from 1775 to 1906, and illustrated army uniforms for a numbre of colorplate books. Ogden became a member of the Society of Illustrators in 1911. His works are in the collections of the New York Historical Society and the Fraunces Tavern Museum, a historic site in New York City.
Henry Loomis Nelson was a journalist specializing in history and politics. He was a frequent contributor to Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in the 1890s.
Condition: Covers a bit worn, with some abrasions to leather. Internally fairly clean, plates bright and attractive with only minor occasional toning, handling, soiling, wear. Ex Library with pastedown label on inside front cover.
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