Perhaps Lew Wallace’s best-known painting (not that he was famous for art), The Conspirators made the journey from storage to the Study
Movers from Red Ball Moving carry in the custom-made box containing The Conspirators.
Museum staff and volunteers lift the oil painting atop the bookcases in the Study.
Museum Director Larry Paarlberg and Collections Manager Amanda McGuire examine the placement before descending their ladders. The current location not only shows off the painting but also what some of Wallace’s artwork would have looked like next to the original colors of the Study interior.
3 thoughts on “The Conspirators”
Why is Lewis Powell painted so large?
That’s a good question! I’m afraid we don’t have a definitive answer for you.
Lewis Powell was 6’2″ tall, so perhaps it was because of his height and physically imposing figure. In addition, Powell injured 5 people in his attack on Secretary Seward, so perhaps Lew thought he was the most important figure in the trail.
Of course, it might also be a trick of perspective. It might even be (gasp!) a mistake on Lew’s part. :)