Tuscaloosa, Ala. – January 13, 2015 - A masterwork embodying the patriotic spirit of Union troops as they observe Sunday sermon, “Sunday Morning in the Camp of the Seventh Regiment near Washington, D.C., 1861,” a masterwork painted by Sanford Gifford in 1861, is set to be unveiled in its new home, the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, during its January 15, 2015, “Art With Friends” event from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A first-rank member of the Hudson River School, Gifford is known arguably as the father of American Luminism, and used his mastery of light to depict articulate visions of nineteenth century landscapes.

“The piece is exceptional, serving as a hallmark for the qualities we seek to maintain and display in our museum,” said Kathy Thurman, Administrative Services Coordinator for the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, where The Westervelt Art Collection is housed. Two other Gifford paintings, “Morning in the Adirondacks” and “Shawagunk Mountains,” are part of the collection and are currently on display at the museum.

“Adding this iconic work by Gifford furthers the collection’s mission of telling ‘The Story of Young America,’ and enhances the value of other paintings by Gifford already owned,” said Mike Case, President & CEO of The Westervelt Company. Westervelt acquired the painting directly from the Union League Club of New York City.

Painted in 1861, the masterwork has hung in several United States museum exhibitions, and was on loan to the Oval Office of the White House from 1976-1989.

“Art With Friends” will be held at the museum located at 1400 Jack Warner Parkway NE, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35404. Admission is free and the public is invited.

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