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Henry Lee

Henry Lee
Artist
James Herring, 12 Jan 1794 - 8 Oct 1867
Copy after
Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828
Sitter
Henry Lee, 29 Jan 1756 - 25 Mar 1818
Date
c. 1834
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 76.2 x 63.5cm (30 x 25")
Frame: 84.5 x 68.6 x 6.4cm (33 1/4 x 27 x 2 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.78.51
Exhibition Label
The first casualties of the War of 1812 resulted from Americans fighting Americans. On the night of July 27, 1812, Baltimore erupted into violent riots against those who opposed the weeks-old war, including Revolutionary War hero "Light-Horse Harry" Lee. Lee found himself barricaded in a house with supporters of a Federalist newspaper editor who had spoken out against war. When the mob attacked, the besieged men defended themselves, causing the death of a ringleader and further inciting the pro-war mob. Near morning, city leaders finally intervened, escorting the Federalists to jail for their own protection. That night, angry citizens broke in and brutally attacked the men, killing sixty-year-old veteran James McCubbin Lingan. Lee was smuggled out of the city and survived, although he never recovered from his wounds. He died six years later, when his son Robert E. Lee was only eleven.
Provenance
(John F. Fleming, Inc., New York); purchased 1977 NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery