Charles Willson Peale, "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, 1782
Oil on canvas, 22 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.
Robert E. Lee struggled throughout his life with the uncertain legacy of his father, "Light-Horse Harry" Lee. Harry had lost his fortune and home to bankruptcy caused by irresponsible land speculation. Yet he had been a hero of the Revolution, a friend of George Washington, and a governor and congressman. When painted by Peale, he was still seen by many Americans as a heroic figure.
Independence National Historical Park Collection (National Park Service), Philadelphia