he returns no more

he returns no more


A woman and child are at an open window watching a parade on the street below. In this work of great emotional power and affect, people wave and cry out from their windows. An American flag and one celebrating the NYV69 flies for the 69th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army. It is better known as the "Fighting Sixty-Ninth", or its nick name the "Fighting Irish'. The regiment was immortalized in Joyce Kilmer's poem, " When the 69th Comes Home". The work is signed Paul Schnitzler and dated 1868. Its intense color, high action level, and densely drawn detail contibute to its sense of melodrama and bereavement, personified by a tearful woman and her child at a window.

The "credits" of this work include multiple museum exhibiitions in which it has been displayed: the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1968, a gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, and the Brandywine River Museum the same year; the American Federation of Arts in 1970; and the Museum of the Borough of Brooklyn in 1986.

Watercolor on paper, original or period frame, 18 1/2 x 22 inches maximum frame dimension. Probably New York City. Central image cut from its background and remounted. Artist's signature and the date are on the edge of the oval which contains the image area.