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Artist:
Peter Kramer, 1823 - 1907  Search this
Copy after:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Printer:
A. Brett  Search this
Sitter:
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
David Dixon Porter, 8 Jun 1813 - 13 Feb 1891  Search this
David Glasgow Farragut, 5 Jul 1801 - 15 Aug 1870  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman, 8 Feb 1820 - 14 Feb 1891  Search this
George Henry Thomas, 31 Jul 1816 - 28 Mar 1870  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan, 6 Mar 1831 - 5 Aug 1888  Search this
Medium:
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 36.5 x 50 cm (14 3/8 x 19 11/16")
Sheet: 50.7 x 71 cm (19 15/16 x 27 15/16")
Culture:
David Glasgow Farragut: American\Hispanic American  Search this
Type:
Print
Date:
1865
Exhibition Label:
Abraham Lincoln was Grant’s greatest supporter in official Washington, and he affirmed his backing whenever Grant’s leadership was questioned. At their first meeting, Lincoln stated simply that he would not interfere in Grant’s plans. He did not want or need a constant stream of reports but a general who would take “responsibility” for the war. Grant promised not to “annoy” the president and left for the field. This delightfully fictitious depiction of Grant stating his strategy shows the general addressing Lincoln while ringed by his new subordinates: the army generals William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, and George Thomas, as well as admirals David Dixon Porter and David Farragut. The “council,” set outdoors, with convenient rocks serving as chairs, never occurred in life; the portraits are taken from Brady photographs. However, the print is an effective way to show Grant taking command.
Consejo de guerra
Abraham Lincoln fue el mayor defensor de Grant en los círculos oficiales de Washington y afirmaba su respaldo cada vez que se cuestionaba el liderazgo de Grant. En la primera reunión que tuvieron, Lincoln declaró simplemente que no iba a interferir en los planes de Grant. No quería ni necesitaba un flujo constante de informes sino un general que asumiera "la responsabilidad" de la guerra. Grant prometió no “molestar” al presidente y salió hacia el campo. Esta representación ficticia y con mucha gracia, en la que Grant indica su estrategia, muestra al general que se dirige a Lincoln mientras se encuentra rodeado por sus nuevos subordinados: los generales del ejército William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan y George Thomas, así como los almirantes David Dixon Porter y David Farragut. El "consejo", que se encuentra al aire libre, con rocas bien situadas que sirven como sillas, nunca ocurrió en la vida real. Los retratos se extraen de las fotografías de Brady. Sin embargo, la litografía es una forma efectiva de mostrar a Grant que toma el mando.
Peter Kramer (1823–1907), al modo del estudio de Mathew Brady
Litografía, 1865
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Exterior  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
David Glasgow Farragut: Male  Search this
David Glasgow Farragut: Military\Navy\Officer\Admiral  Search this
David Glasgow Farragut: Military\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral  Search this
David Glasgow Farragut: Military\Navy\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Male  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Navy\Officer\Admiral  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Navy\Officer\Rear Admiral  Search this
David Dixon Porter: Military\Navy\Officer\Vice Admiral  Search this
George Henry Thomas: Male  Search this
George Henry Thomas: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
George Henry Thomas: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Male  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Military\Army\Officer\Colonel  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Military\Army\Officer\Captain  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Military\Army\Officer\Brigadier General  Search this
Philip Henry Sheridan: Military\Army\Officer\Major General  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman: Male  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Banker  Search this
William Tecumseh Sherman: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Male  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Farmer  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Ulysses Simpson Grant: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.79.185
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
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