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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / The Civil War

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

Wayside Farewell - limited edition print SOLD OUT
Middletown, Virginia February 3, 1863

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Reproduction technique: Fine offset lithography on neutral pH archival quality paper using the finest fade-resistant inks.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Image Size: 17-1/2” x 29” • Overall Size: 22-1/4” x 33”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 2500
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 100

Mort Künstler's Comments

I have been asked for years when I will paint another romantic scene like Until We Meet Again. That painting has proved to be so popular that I have hesitated to attempt to paint a similar scene until I found an equally powerful and moving subject. Wayside Farewell is, I believe, such a painting.

The scene is a Confederate cavalry officer saying good-bye to his wife. The setting is the Valley Pike in front of Larrick's Hotel in Middletown, Virginia. The officer and his wife have spent the night at Larrick's which is now the Wayside Inn, and are saying good-byes in the pre-dawn darkness as the cavalryman's troops wait nearby. An attendant holds a team of horses hitched to a sleigh, which will take the young woman home when her husband and his men leave for war. It is a moving scene, which was reenacted repeatedly during the Civil War.

I have enjoyed so many visits to the Shenandoah Valley and the Winchester area that I consider the region to be my "hometown" in the South. Middletown's Wayside Inn is one of my favorite places. It is such an interesting-looking structure. From thorough research, I have painted the building as I believe it appeared in the 1860s. In the extreme left background we see the Sperry house and store, and in the center background is Richard's Tavern. The sign, lamp post and gate of the hotel are based on wartime sketches by J.E. Taylor. Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr., the "dean" of Civil War historians, informed me that a four-inch snowfall covered the Middletown region on February 3, 1862, which is the time in which I placed the painting. Countless tender moments like this one occurred throughout the war, and I hope Wayside Farewell represents them well.


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