Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 231: Large Framed Portrait of Brigadier General Franz Sigel

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Large Historic Framed Oil Painting of Civil War Union Brigadier General Franz Sigel

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $5,000

Large Historic Framed Oil Painting of Civil War Union Brigadier General Franz Sigel

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Class: Other

This large portrait depicts Brigadier General Franz Sigel in uniform with his left hand extended and resting on a chair. Sigel, a German immigrant, joined the United States Army in 1861 as a Colonel and took part in the capture of Camp Jackson. Sigel was promoted to Brigadier General during Abraham Lincoln's abolitionist push. As a Brigadier General, Sigel would serve with Nathaniel Lyon until Lyon's death at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Following his campaign in Missouri, Sigel would be stationed in the Shenandoah River Valley where he fought unsuccessfully against Stonewall Jackson. Sigel would be put on light duty until 1864 when he was in charge of the opening of the Valley Campaign where he was swiftly defeated by John C. Breckinridge. The painting is housed in a large gold painted, carved, wooden frame with a lamp at the top to light the painting and biographical plaque at the bottom. The oil painting measures 44 inches by 29 inches. The frame overall measures 56 inches by 42 inches.

Rating Definition:

Fine with some light storage and handling marks, separating in the corners of the frame, and crazing of the painting.

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