ART WORK 4
present in this drawing. The child is of age when his intellect and motor skills are yet to be
developed to benefit from artistic training like the one depicted in the portrait.
This particular painting was done by John Trumbull, a famous artist from Lebanon who
lived between 1756 and 1843. Also, it was published in New York in 1789. In art, this work is
classified as a painting, and there is much that we can read from it. One of the significance of
such work is to record history and store it for future purposes (William S, 1983).
Any person can deduce a few conclusions from the artwork even without having prior
knowledge of a similar picture or the entire scope of knowledge in the artwork. The painting
clearly shows a battlefield. The battle seems to have come to an end. One of the soldiers on one
side who seems to be the leader appears to have been captured as his troops are fleeing away.
This must be the captain of the fleeing soldiers. On the other hand, the soldiers who have worn
the battle are celebrating their victory as they watch their enemy flee.
In a real sense, this particular artwork shows the events that fell on the night of
November 26, 1781. During this night, the mighty British troops who had been besieged for long
by their enemy, (the Spanish forces) made a surprise/ sudden/ sortie against their intruding
enemy batteries. The image indicates clearly what followed on that night since the British forces
managed to repel their enemy. The focal point of this particular image shows the catastrophic
death of a Spanish officer Don Jose De Barboza. This soldier, who is believed to be the lead
team, was abandoned by his fellow men. Also, the fleeing troop seems to be concerned by the
fact that they have left one of their soldiers behind even though they look helpless for that matter