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Stanton Receiving Officers of Army at War Department

Artist
Arthur Lumley, 1837 - 1912?
Sitter
Stewart Von Vliet, 1815 - 1901
George Sykes, 1822 - 1880
Edwin McMasters Stanton, 19 Dec 1814 - 24 Dec 1869
George Brinton McClellan, 3 Dec 1826 - 29 Oct 1885
Daniel Edgar Sickles, 20 Oct 1819 - 3 May 1914
Irvin McDowell, 15 Oct 1818 - 4 May 1885
George Henry Thomas, 31 Jul 1816 - 28 Mar 1870
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
S. William, 1800 - 1900?
George Stoneman, 1822 - 1894
Date
c. 1862
Type
Printing Surface
Medium
Woodblock
Dimensions
Woodblock: 23.5 × 35.7 × 2 cm (9 1/4 × 14 1/16 × 13/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.83.164
Exhibition Label
The illustration process for newspapers and sundry published materials was still a cumbersome procedure during the Civil War, as is evident in this scene of army officers greeting President Lincoln’s new secretary of war, Edwin M. Stanton, on January 20, 1862, the day of his official appointment. Artist Arthur Lumley began the process with a pencil and ink drawing of the event, which he probably witnessed firsthand. From the drawing, a team of carvers carved the scene—in reverse—into multiple wood blocks, which were bolted together to form the plate. The plate was inked to produce the finished illustration, published in the New-York Illustrated News on February 8, 1862.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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