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Sketch for the Surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomatox

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This sketch, like many of Eakins’s paintings, betrays a tension between the two subjects he most favored: modern, psychological portraits and nostalgic, historical scenes of bygone years. Sketch for the Surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox depicts the April 9, 1865,...

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Provenance

The artist; to Susan Eakins (the artist's wife); to Charles Bregler, 1931; to Mrs. Charles (Mary L.) Bregler; to her estate; with Christie's East, April 9, 1998, lot 37 ("Estate of Mary L. Bregler to benefit Charles Bregler Scholarship Fund"); with Alexander Acevedo, New York; with David Dufour, New York; with Alfred J. Walker, Boston, 2000; to MFA, 2001, purchase.

Credit Line

James E. Neill Memorial Fund

American, about 1875–80

Dimensions

33.3 x 23.5 cm (13 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2001.256

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas, mounted on plywood

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Americas

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