The Council of War

  • John Rogers, The Council of War, modeled ca. 1873, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1967.114

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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.
The Council of War
modeled ca. 1873
On View
24 1/8 x 17 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (61.3 x 43.4 x 35.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
painted plaster
  • Occupation – political – president
  • History – United States – Civil War
  • Figure group – male
  • Portrait male – Grant, Ulysses S. – full length
  • Portrait male – Lincoln, Abraham – full length
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