Paul Brown Drawings
Squadron A Collection: "Sway-backs Reunion", ink drawing of a cavalry soldier in uniform with crutch and bottle, giving his mount a drink from a saucepan. [And:] A Group of 26 pencil sketches relating to Squadron A (horse and military scenes).
New York: ca. 1955.
Brown, Paul. 8 x 10 inches; and sketchbook leaves approx. 8 x 10 inches. Paul Brown Drawings. Two drawings matted and framed, fine. Sketchbook leaves, fine. Item #237320
Interesting collection of drawings by the famed American illustrator Paul Brown, chiefly connected to the Calvary Squadron A of New York City, based at the armory on Madison Avenue and 94th/95th streets.
"Sway-Backs Reunion" is a humorous sketch of an elderly horse and a boozing cavalryman, demonstrating Brown's characteristic energy of line.
The pencil sketches offer an interesting glimpse of Brown's working style, and comprise:
- "Remember": 21 drawings of fallen soldiers and horses, Our Buddies, The Lost Patrol, Last Call - Taps; "We must not forget" with Squadron A pennants ; a kneeling GI beside a fallen comrade. One drawing inscribed "To 'Phil' Brady, Sincerely, Paul Brown", 5 signed Paul Brown, 3 signed"PB", and 12 unsigned preliminary drawings.
The sketch of Squadron A pennants demonstrates a visual continuity between the crossed sabers of the cavalry troop, and its 1941 redesignation as the 101st Cavalry. Its members fought gallantly in Germany and Austria during WWII.
- Two sketches for the "Sway-backs Reunion": drawings of a cavalryman offering his horse drink from a mess kit, both signed "PB".
- Three unsigned sketches: "Coming in for the night", a man at a gate with two horses and a foal entering; well dressed horseman in top hat with rider coming over a fence in distance; sketch of foal and two dogs at play.