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  Robert E. Lee on his Famous Charger, Traveller

This diorama was created as an interpretation of Howard Pyle's painting "Robert E. Lee on his Famous Charger, Traveller."

This vignette was part of the Delaware Art Museum's 2011 Masterpieces in Miniature, a complementary exhibition to the Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered centennial exhbition.

This diorama has been dismantled, but Lee and Traveller are available for sale here.


Pyle's Illustration for the story "General Lee as I Knew Him," by A.R. H. Ranson appeared in Harpers' Monthly Magazine, February 1911.

Lee described his faithful horse in a letter in response to Mrs. Lee's cousin, Markie Williams, who wished to paint a portrait of Traveller:

“If I was an artist like you, I would draw a true picture of Traveller; representing his fine proportions, muscular figure, deep chest, short back, strong haunches, flat legs, small head, broad forehead, delicate ears, quick eye, small feet, and black mane and tail. Such a picture would inspire a poet, whose genius could then depict his worth, and describe his endurance of toil, hunger, thirst, heat and cold; and the dangers and suffering through which he has passed. He could dilate upon his sagacity and affection, and his invariable response to every wish of his rider. He might even imagine his thoughts through the long night-marches and days of the battle through which he has passed. But I am no artist Markie, and can therefore only say he is a Confederate gray.”

    — Robert E. Lee, letter to Markie Williams

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