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Sculpture, "The Council of War"
Sculpture,  "The Council of War"
Resource Typeimage
TitleSculpture, "The Council of War"
Coverage / Year1868; Middle/Late Victorian USA
DescriptionPainted plaster sculpture, "The Council of War" by John Rogers from 1868. Shows Abraham Lincoln seated in a draped chair, reading a document held in both hands. Ulysses S. Grant stands over Lincoln's right shoulder, pointing at the document. Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, stands to Lincoln's left, cleaning his glasses. A second document lays ignored on the floor. Title engraved in base. H 22 1/2" x Diam 45 3/8". Wt 50 lbs.
InterpretationA very popular sculpture. The original was bronze, but many plaster copies were sold. The original sculpture had a slightly different version of the grouping. In it, Stanton is also pointing at the document but it appeared that he was holding a gun to Lincoln's head. It was quickly changed after Lincoln was shot and assassinated in 1865.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorRogers, John
SourceTransferred from the NPS Washington Service Office, Washington, D.C.
Subject / KeywordsLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Stanton, Edwin M. (Secretary of War), 1814-1869; Grant, Ulysses S., 1852-1929; Sculpture; Plaster; Rogers, John, 1829-1904
Collection PublisherLincoln Home National Historic Site
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource IdentifierLIHO 7378
CONTENTdm file name9354141262003_7378.jpg
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