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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. lee's 1870 death mask by Clark Mills is on display in the National Portrait Gallery on loan from Washington & Lee University.
"Lee's death mask exists in counterpoint to the appellation that he was given during his days at West Point: the 'Marble Model' or the 'Marble Man.' The nickname reflected how Lee seemed to embody all the good qualities of a soldier and a gentleman. Yet it also suggested how Lee created a 'mask of command' to control his emotions. With the death mask, the man was silenced, but his presence lived on. Washington & Lee University created an elaborate tomb depicting Lee in a prone, full-length marble sculpture atop his sarcophagus, like some ancient king or knight: a Marble Man for eternity." -- National Portrait Gallery

This Library of Congress photo by Carol M. Highsmith depicts Robert E. Lee, recumbent in death, at Washington & Lee University; The Marble Man.

Robert Edward Lee 
Born Jan 19 1807 Died Oct 12 1870

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