Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Gilbert Gaul, Civil War Painter

Marker ID: THC 2C 15
Location: on Fall Creek Falls State Park Rd., Spencer, TN
County: VanBuren
Coordinates: N 35° 39.547    W 085° 22.619
  35.65911666    -85.37698333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2G6X


Just south of here was the studio of Gilbert Gaul, one of the best painters of American Civil War scenes. After being elected the youngest member of the National Academy of design in 1882, his "Holding the Line at all Hazards" won an Academey Gold Medal. Gaul moved here from New York in 1881 after inheriting a tract of land. His most prolific work was accomplished here, engaging local folk as models.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.