Oil Painting Of George Gordon Meade - Full length oil portrait of General George G. Meade. Purchased from the National Soldier's Museum in Gettysburg, formerly the Jennie Wade Museum, as well as the Charlie Weaver Museum. Clifford Charles "Cliff" Arquette (December 27,1905 – September 23, 1974) became famous for his TV role as “Charley Weaver.” Comedian, actor, pianist, composer and songwriter. He was a night club pianist, later joining the Henry Halstead orchestra in 1923. He created the character of 'Charlie Weaver' for The Jack Paar Show, and portrayed 'Mrs. Butterworth' in television commercials. He joined ASCAP in 1959, and his chief musical collaborator was Charles "Bud" Dant. In his Charley Weaver persona, Arquette became a regular on the original version of the classic game show The Hollywood Squares, placed in an oft-visited "square," at lower left, to give him a good deal of comic opportunities. Arquette was also a Civil War buff, and in the 1950s, he opened the Charley Weaver Museum of the Civil War in Gettysburg, PA. The Museum was housed in a building that had served as headquarters for General O. O. Howard during the Battle of Gettysburg, and remained in operation for about ten years. The site later became the Soldiers National Museum. Framed measures approximately 25 3/8" x 29 3/8" canvas measures 19 1/8" x 23 1/8". Comes with provenance from the National Soldier's Museum.
Meade was a career United States Army officer and civil engineer involved in the coastal construction of several lighthouses. He fought with distinction in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican–American War. During the American Civil War he served as a Union general, rising from command of a brigade to command of the Army of the Potomac. He is best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.