R. E. Lee on Horseback

  • Anthony de Francisci, R. E. Lee on Horseback, n.d., deep cut plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci, 1966.51.47

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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.

Title
R. E. Lee on Horseback
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci

Mediums
Mediums Description
deep cut plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Lee, Robert E.
Object Number
1966.51.47
Palette
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