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Portrait of General Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr. (1831-1896)

1980.407 (RS114973)

Description

Portrait of General Thomas Lincoln Casey, Sr. (1831-1896). Waist length view, full face but looking slightly to the right. Sitter is wearing grey-brown military overcoat with sword hilt in gloved right hand. Short brown hair with moustache and beard. Mottled olive-brown background. Signed in upper right corner and dated "1859 Robt. W. Weir". Molded wood frame with gilt surround (not original).

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Thomas Lincoln Casey graduated from the Military Academy, West Point, in 1852, first in his class and was appointed a lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. During the Civil War he was stationed at Fort Monroe on the coast of Maine. In 1878, President Hayes and Congress appointed TLC to complete the construction of the Washington Monument, which, although construction began in 1848, it had been abandoned due to design flaws. TLC redesigned the monument, which included strengthening the base, and Casey himself set the capstone in 1884. The monument was dedicated the following February. By 1888, he had risen to Chief of Engineers and Brigadier General. Among his achievements were overseeing the construction of the State, War, and Navy building.
Maker
Weir, Robert Walter, 1803-1889 (Artist)
Date
1859
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil paint (paint)
oil paintings (visual works)
Painting
portraits
People and organizations
Casey, T. L. (Thomas Lincoln), 1831-1896
Dimensions
38 5/8 x 33 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1980.407
GUSN
25940

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