Gettysburg by Cary McAulay

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This painting was a commission from the man on the right. His best friends are the other two men, they are brothers. He commissioned this piece to celebrate their friendship and also to acknowledge to that his best mates are descended from a survivor of this historic battle. Their ancestor was fighting on side of the Confederates. I have taken some artistic licence with this work as there was certain things he wanted me to include. Originally, he wanted three portraits AND a Gettysburg Battle painting, as I was leaving town soon I knew that I didn’t have time to finish all four works, so I suggested combining all into the one work! He liked the idea, gave me the OK so into the studio I went, a week later I had it finished. He was VERY HAPPY with it! So, as well as my fee, he threw in a car! The car was a Ford Falcon XD, it went for years and years!
The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest of the American Civil War. Starting as a chance meeting engagement on July 1, the Confederates were initially successful in driving Union cavalry and two infantry corps from their defensive positions, through the town, and onto Cemetery Hill. On July 2, with most of both armies now present, Lee launched fierce assaults on both flanks of the Union defensive line, which were repulsed with heavy losses on both sides. On July 3, Lee focused his attention on the Union center. The defeat of his massive infantry assault, Pickett’s Charge, caused Lee to order a retreat that began the evening of July 4.
The Confederate retreat to Virginia was plagued by bad weather, difficult roads, and numerous skirmishes with Union cavalry. However, Meade’s army did not maneuver aggressively enough to prevent the Army of Northern Virginia from crossing the Potomac to safety on the night of July 13–14.
I dedicate this painting to all of the fallen men, who were killed or maimed in that battle. Also to the families who lost their loved ones.
This painting is a Triptych with the 3 canvas panels framed as one.
120cm x 70cm
oil paint on Fredrix canvas on marine ply.

Cary has been painting professionally since 1986. Cary has won many Art Awards all over Australia, ranging from The Portland Art Prize, the Bendemeer Art Prize (twice), first in the Acrylic section at the Nanango Art Exhibition and the Woodford Art Prize(winner advanced artist section).
“With my art, I focus on the beauty of our environment and our effect we have upon the natural world.”

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  • Kerry  Thompson
    Kerry Thompsonalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Kerry! ;-)

    – Cary McAulay

  • David Haworth
    David Haworthalmost 5 years ago

    Wow to the painting and wow to the Ford… nice one!

  • Thanks David, and yes the Ford was a beaut alright, when I had later moved to Magnetic Island, I found that I didn’t really need a car, so I gave it to a Poet who lived on the island. He needed it more than me, he had kids and all that, so from the artist to the poet the ford went! ;-)

    – Cary McAulay

  • joak
    joakalmost 5 years ago

    you are a special kind o guy ..theres no many like ye left mate..this is an instant fav

  • Thanks for your support joak ! I am very much humbled!! …:o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 5 years ago

    This is really great Cary!!! you can really see the family resemblence! take care, Linda

  • Thanks Linda….yes actually I had to clean these boys up a bit as they were fairly rugged ‘Bushies’ from Herberton in North Queensland. They all had very long hair flowing all over the place and were generally unshaven….maybe I should have left them in their rugged state!

    – Cary McAulay

  • MDC DiGi PiCS
    MDC DiGi PiCSalmost 5 years ago

    Haunting images depicting a nasty piece of history Cary. Beautiful work, the blue cast across the canvas really gives it a distinctive feel. Instant fav.

  • apparently the ‘Wilderness’ battle was also a bad one….I went for the blue tone to echo the rifle and canon smoke.

    – Cary McAulay

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaveralmost 5 years ago

    Awesome and inspiring work, Cary. My great great grandfather fought in the Civil War but not at Gettysburg. Great work!

  • I have always been Intrigued by the American Civil War ever since I discovered Winston Churchill’s book about it. We did not have a civil war here to form our federation of states…thankfully…although my indigenous cousins may have something to say about that! I liked the film ‘Glory’ and also ‘The Patriot’
    Thanks Seth also for your positive view of my work! :o)

    – Cary McAulay

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 5 years ago

    No, I think this is great just the way it is! take care, Linda

  • Well I hit the right note then! thanks Linda!

    – Cary McAulay

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760almost 5 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Art At Its Best!

  • Thanks for the Feature! I am really excited about it ! ;-)))))))))))))))))

    – Cary McAulay

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaalmost 5 years ago

    Great work! i have hyst finished reading “gone with the wind”. very impressed.

  • Now that’s a book I haven’t read yet! thanks!

    – Cary McAulay

  • scallyart
    scallyartalmost 5 years ago

    stunnig composition and work

  • Wow, Thanks so much!

    – Cary McAulay

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