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Professor from Maine, The – limited edition print

Canvas Signed & Numbered - $360.00

Canvas Signed Artist's Proof - $450.00


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Giclée Canvas Prints
Reproduction Technique: Giclées are printed with the finest archival pigmented inks on canvas. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Size: 12" x 14"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 100
Signed Artist's Proof • Edition Size: 10

Historical Information
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain joined the Bowdoin College faculty as an instructor in rhetoric. By 1861, the accomplished linguist and charismatic professor occupied the chair of Modern European Languages.

Chamberlain did not answer his country's initial call. For one thing, his domineering father bitterly opposed the war. The young professor was probably among those who envisioned a short contest. Further, Bowdoin College was not a bastion of either abolitionism or active unionism. In 1858, it had conferred an honorary degree on U.S. Sen. Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. Chamberlain was also aware that the college might withdraw his two-year leave of absence if it thought he had plans to go rushing into battle. The events of 1861, Chamberlain wrote, "took possession of every heart." Yet his was an exception.

Chamberlain's action was a delay, not a decision. As he observed: "Fighting and destruction are terrible, but are sometimes agencies of heavenly rather than hellish powers. In the privations and sufferings endured, as well as in the strenuous action of battle, some of the highest qualities of manhood are called forth – courage, self-command, sacrifice of self for the sake of something held higher." For participants, he added, war is "a test of character; it makes bad men worse and good men better."


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