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R. E. Lee on Horseback

n.d. Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 deep cut plaster 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.47 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 12


Luce Center Label

Anthony de Francisci’s plaster relief commemorates Civil War general Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) and was probably created as a design for a medal. The Confederate flags at the lower left and right recall Lee’s command of the Southern armies, whose bayonet points appear just beyond the hill in the background. In April 1865, Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. After the war, Lee became president of Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia.

Keywords

Portrait male - Lee, Robert E.

sculpture - relief

plaster

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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