It is the photograph used for the engraving of the Lincoln head on the Five Dollar note and the one Robert Lincoln spoke of as being the best likeness of his father.
This original portrait, painted in 2005, is 11 inches by 14 inches - oil on wood panel. It was commissioned by a private collector.
Acclaimed for his almost photographic renditions of the battles of the Civil War, Ron Lesser's new collection, "Portraits of the Civil War", draws its inspiration from the definitive glass plate photographs of legendary Civil War photographers like Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and others. Lauded for their craft and vision, the images created by these men (at the time of the conflict) are the best visual record in existence of our country's great Civil War.
In the spirit of these 19th century historic documents Mr. Lesser, with a keen eye for detail and immense talent, has reinvented these masterworks. Painting each with warm light and subtle color, as if bathed in the light from a nineteenth century kerosene lantern, Mr. Lesser brings these frozen “black and white” images to life with a level of detail rivaled only by the work itself.
Created in traditional oils, each original painting is a masterpiece inviting the viewer to “meet” one of the key figures of the Civil War.
No other contemporary Civil War painter captures the essence of the great figures of our country's Civil War like Ron Lesser. Trained in the classical tradition of, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, and Gilbert Stuart, Ron Lesser captures not only the physical likeness of the titans of this country's greatest conflict but also the man or woman behind the portrait.