Major General Henry Wager Halleck

Alexander Hay Ritchieca. 1865

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

In 1862, President Lincoln appointed Halleck "general-in-chief of all U.S. land forces"-the liaison between the president and the forces in the field. Acquaintances recalled Halleck as "a regimental clerk with the personality of a cold muffin." Ritchie, a Scottish-born artist, was known chiefly for his prints.

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  • Title: Major General Henry Wager Halleck
  • Creator: Alexander Hay Ritchie (American, 1822-1895)
  • Date Created: ca. 1865
  • Subject Keywords: military; male portraits
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Painter: Alexander Hay Ritchie (American, 1822-1895)
  • Provenance: Jacob A. Rosenfield, Chicago [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory
  • Inscriptions: [Signed] Right: A.H. Ritchie; [Inscription] On back of frame: General Halleck / Of the Civil War / Painted on ivory / A. Ritchie / About 1865
  • Dimensions: Overall (excluding frame) H: 3 3/8 x W: 2 9/16 in. (8.6 x 6.5 cm) Framed H: 5 13/16 x W: 4 13/16 x D: 13/16 in. (14.7 x 12.3 x 2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.489


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