Caricature of Civil War Officer Major-General Franz Sigel

Object Number: 
1937.1770
Date: 
c. 1860-1865
Medium: 
Black ink and graphite on beige paper laid on card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 5 in. ( 17.1 x 12.7 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower right: "D. H. S." inscription: lower: "Ei Feit mit Sigel! [I fight with Sigel]"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in black ink: "D.H.S."; with a caption at lower center in German
Description: 
In this self-portrait caricature Major-General Franz Sigel is shown astride a horse on a placard nailed to the headquarters building in the background.
Gallery Label: 
Colonel David H. Strother served on Major-General Franz Sigel's staff when this depiction was done. The picture was obviously given by Strother to the general, who subsequently wrote a somewhat jaundiced comment on a sheet of paper accompanying the sketch: "Burlesque of Col. Strother: An ungrateful man, to whom I was very kind when he served in my Staff in West Virginia. I had given him his appointment as a mattter of accommodation to him."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Children of Franz Sigel
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group