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Art Show: The Art of War

General Bernier

by Jane LeBlanc, Langlois Studios

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Art: General Bernier by Artist Jane LeBlanc, Langlois Studios
This is a drawing I did based on a photograph taken of the General during a Revolutionary War reenactment in Hubbardton, Vermont. I later drew this detailed portrait as a gift for him. When it was eventually presented to him, he had tears in his eyes.

About the Battle at Hubbardton: British General John Burgoyne met heavy resistance from our scrappy New Englanders in 1777. They were a mighty force while the massive British invasion advanced upon our Army. The brave Vermonters held ground so our main forces could retreat. The British won that battle, but their losses were so great that they gave up chase to tend to their casualties. This battle marked the beginning of the end for General Burgoyne.

Burgoyne later wrote about the people of Vermont as being “the most active and most rebellious race on the continent.” Just a few months later, after the battles at Saratoga, General Burgoyne surrendered with his entire Army.

I took a photograph of the General while he was directing his adjutant (personal assistant and messenger). Surely they were discussing the tactics they were to play out in the portrayal of the battle of Hubbardton that day. His stance and intense stare reminded me that the real General, General St Clair, may have once stood in that same spot to command the actual battle in 1777.

This drawing was done in graphite (pencil) on Stonehenge paper. It was rendered from a photograph taken with a digital camera. As the portrait is no longer in my possession, I'm not sure of the dimensions, but it is about 12" x 15."

I have been drawing professionally for many years now. I usually take only a few commissions in a year due to time constraints, as my main focus is in illustration.

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