"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Thursday, June 16, 2016

William T. Sherman

This 1866 portrait of William Tecumseh sherman (1820-1891) by George Peter Alexander Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
 "'War is war and not popularity-seeking.' With these words to his Confederate opponent at Atlanta, General William T. Sherman suggested the attitude that made him both a successful commander and a bitterly hated figure in the South. He stripped war of glory and chivalry. His destructive march through Georgia and his later campaign in the Carolinas dismantled the economic base of the Confederacy and shattered the morale of its citizens. His methods anticipated twentieth-century 'total war.'

Influenced perhaps by Sherman's reputation for severe tactics in the field, artist G. P. A. Healy once noted that he found the Union general a forbidding portrait subject at first. But as the posing progressed, he found the general quite friendly." -- National Portrait Gallery

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