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The Council of War

modeled ca. 1873 John Rogers Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904 painted plaster 24 1/8 x 17 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (61.3 x 43.4 x 35.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1967.114 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing



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The Council of War depicts President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and General Ulysses S. Grant discussing the Civil War. John Rogers made the group at the suggestion of Stanton, who described the scene as “one of the most interesting and appropriate occasions” for a sculpture. It was later praised by Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln, who considered it to be the most lifelike portrait of his father in sculpture.

Keywords

Figure group - male

History - United States - Civil War

Occupation - political - president

Portrait male - Grant, Ulysses S. - full length

Portrait male - Lincoln, Abraham - full length

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plaster

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About John Rogers

Born: Salem, Massachusetts 1829 Died: New Canaan, Connecticut 1904

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