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General Robert E. Lee and Staff

General Robert E. Lee and Staff
Artist
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
Sitter
Robert Edward Lee, 19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870
George Washington Custis Lee, 1832 - 1913
Walter Herron Taylor, 1838 - 1916
Date
1865 (printed c. 1866)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image: 21.4 × 18.4 cm (8 7/16 × 7 1/4")
Sheet: 21.9 × 18.4 cm (8 5/8 × 7 1/4")
Mount: 25.4 × 20.4 cm (10 × 8 1/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of staff of the museum, the estate of Marvin S. Sadik, and the Kappel Family in honor of Marvin S. Sadik, second director of the National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.2013.108
Exhibition Label
In April 1865, soon after the surrender at Appomattox, Mathew Brady went down to Richmond to take this portrait of Lee at the rented house where his family had spent the Civil War. Lee is posed on the veranda of the house, flanked by his son George Washington Custis Lee (right) and Colonel Walter Taylor (left).
The portrait is a punctuation to Lee’s heralded career as the South’s greatest general and serves as a summing up of an exemplary military career. Yet the portrait also looks forward to the role that Lee would fulfill in the defeated South: as the noble, honorable soldier who did his duty as he saw it in fighting for his state instead of for the Union. In the postwar period, Lee became a transcendental figure for the South, standing above party politics and individual interests to become the embodiment of all that was valuable in the so-called “Lost Cause.”
Robert E. Lee y su personal
En abril de 1865, después de la rendición en Appomattox, Mathew Brady se dirigió a Richmond para tomar este retrato de Lee en la casa alquilada donde su familia había pasado la Guerra Civil. Lee está posando en la galería de la casa, acompañado de su hijo George Washington Custis Lee (derecha) y del coronel Walter Taylor (izquierda).
El retrato está apuntado a la carrera anunciada de Lee como el general más grande del sur y funciona para resumir una carrera militar ejemplar. Sin embargo, el retrato también adelanta el rol que Lee desempeñaría en el sur derrotado: como el noble, honorable soldado que cumplió con su deber según como lo veía y peleó por su estado en lugar de por la Unión. El en periodo de posguerra, Lee se convirtió en una figura trascendental para el sur; al estar por encima de la política de partidos e intereses individuales, se convirtió en la personificación de todo los que era valorable en la llamada "causa perdida".
Mathew B. Brady (1823?–1896)
Impresión en albúmina de plata, 1865 (impreso c. 1866)
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Virginia\Richmond