ORMSBY, W. L.
Maj. Gen. Geo. B. M'Clellan, Commanding, United States Army
New York: [1861-62]. Engraving. Plate mark: 25 x 18 1/2 inches. Minor foxing.
Large format Civil War portrait of McClellan.
Scarce first state; after McClellan was dismissed by Lincoln from command of the Army the plate was changed to "Late Maj. Gen..." This impressive portrait of McClellan on horseback, evidently rushed to publication soon after he became the commanding officer of the Union Army in November 1861, was actually a reworking if an 1852 portrait of Franklin Pierce depicting his service in the Mexican War, with McClellan's face superimposed on Pierce's body. See Milton Kaplan, "Heads of State" in Winterthur Portfolio 6: 1970: 135-44.