Source: Cowan’s Auction, CSA Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Oil on Canvas by Hiram Grandville (1815-1892)
Item description: Hiram Grandville (1815-1892). Oil on canvas, signed Hiram Grandville / C.S.A. at l.r., and on the painted “mat” at l.r. First Lieutenant / John S. Mosby / First Virginia / Hiram Grandville CSA; 18.25 x 22.5 in. Professionally restored (with documentation) and housed in modern frame, 24 x 27.75 in. overall. Although little is known about the artist, Hiram Grandville, it has been suggested that he served in the Confederate Army, but this cannot be confirmed.
Cowan’s description: CDV portrait (above) of Colonel John S. Mosby, with Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, VA backmark. To our knowledge, this is a previously unknown image of the famous Confederate colonel known as the “Gray Ghost.” Mosby wears a gray frock coat with elaborate “chicken guts” on the lower sleeves and holds his ubiquitous plumbed hat that imbued his cavalier persona.
Cowan’s full description: published by Anthony. Virginia’s premier partisan ranger attained the rank of Colonel, 1st Virginia Cavalry, and left a trail of havoc and frustrated Union commanders in his luminous wake. The stuff of legend, “the “Gray Ghost” is still revered in the Valley to this day. Mosby refused to surrender at the end of the war and simply disbanded his rangers. Afterwards, he befriended US Grant and held a series of government posts thanks to his mentor and former foe.