Thomas Buchanan Read (American, 1822-1872) - Sheridan's Ride. Oil on canvas. Dated 1868. Size: 24.5 inches x 20 inches, and offered in a period antique ornate gilt wood frame. Signed and dated in the lower left. This iconic Civil War image depicts General Philip Henry Sheridan mounted on his horse, Renzi, with sword held high racing toward Cedar Creek. The painting was executed in Rome, in 1868, by the American artist Thomas Buchanan Read. This painting is one of several versions of Sheridan on his horse made in different sizes. On the reverse of the canvas is an inscription written by Read in red paint - "Sheridan's Ride Painted for Col. Laurence Kip. Rome 1868 by T. Buchanan Read." The portrait was initially commissioned in 1865 by The Union League of Philadelphia, and Sheridan posed for, and was painted by, Read while in New Orleans. A poem by the title, "Sheridan's Ride," was written by Read during the Civil War as a moral booster, and this painted version was inspired by the poem. When Read returned to Rome, he completed several versions of the painting in various sizes over the course of four years. This image is considered to be one of the most famous and iconic painted images of the Civil War. A similar example is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. There has been professional restoration, and the painting has been relined and cleaned.