Summer Sunrise in Kosciuszko's Garden Fine Art Print

Though a sculptor, Tracy H Sugg has a strong background in oil painting.  Summer Sunrise in Kosciuszko's Garden at West Point is an oil painting in the Hudson River School style.  The depth of research reflected in the history and details of the garden make these fine art reproduction giclee prints a treasure for the collector and historian alike.

Fine Art Reproduction Prints - Limited Edition of 100 in each size

Certificate of authenticity and historic notes included

Signed by Tracy H. Sugg - Archival Giclee Print

Size                        Cost

18"  x  24"            $450

24"  x  30"            $735

30"  x  40"            $1,150

           plus $20 shipping

Summer Sunrise in Kosciuszkos Garden
Summer Sunrise in Kosciuszkos Garden

Painted in the dramatic & beautiful Hudson River School style, Tracy spent over a year in research to create Kosciuszko's Garden at West Point - the place he made for his own retreat from the rigors of war. Here in this secluded spot he created a garden and fountain and had a place of quiet to himself. To see the sculpture of Kosciuszko working in his garden and with his aide de camp Agrippa Hull click link below.

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detail figure of Kosciuszko
detail figure of Kosciuszko

Holding a book and looking over the Hudson River towards the sunrise, Kosciuszko pauses from working in his garden and reflects on the American struggle for Independence and thinks of what such independence could hold for Poland.

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detail of the fountain
detail of the fountain

"Col. Kosciuszko, a gentleman of distinction from Poland...amused himself while stationed on this point, in laying out a curious garden in a deep valley, abounding more in rocks than soil. I was gratified with viewing his curious water fountain with spraying jets and cascades" Dr. James Thacher Kosciuszko also placed wild flowers around the fountain that reminded him of his native Poland.

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Detail of Kosciuszko's Garden
Detail of Kosciuszko's Garden

True to the philosophy of the Hudson River School, a dead tree stump is included in the painting as a momento mori, however, Tracy has also painted new growth rising from the roots to symbolize Kosciuszko's efforts that eventually led to Poland's freedom albeit after his death.

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detail of Kosciuszkos coat & tools
detail of Kosciuszkos coat & tools

According to research, the place of the garden on a small outcrop on the side of a cliff posed not only privacy but inaccessibility. Kosciuszko lowered soil by buckets to the garden to use for the flowers he planted. I have his officer's coat hung on a nearby tree.

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The oldest garden in America, Kosciuszko's Garden can still be seen today by visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  This painting reflects the original topography of the time that Kosciuszko worked there.  Notes about the garden from a contemporary observer Dr. James Thatcher are included in the historic notes and describe the garden and fountain created by Kosciuszko. The wildflowers depicted are those that would be blooming in that area of New York at that time in history - and are those that are akin to similar wildflowers in Poland.  This was done because research indicates that Kosciuszko planted flowers near the fountain that reminded him of those he knew in Poland.

 The bucket and shovel  reflect the documents that he lowered soil by bucketfulls to create the remote garden., True to the philosophy of the Hudson River School, a dead tree stump is included in the painting as a momento mori, however, Tracy has also painted new growth rising from the roots to symbolize Kosciuszko's efforts that eventually led to Poland's freedom albeit after his death.