The History of Art at West Point
Thomas Sully’s 1821-1822 “Portrait of Jefferson”
hangs in the Jefferson Library Haig Room.
The view from West Point was oft-painted by 19th-century
Shown here is German artist Paul Ritter’s “View from West Point.”
Drawing classes were an important part of the cadet curriculum well into the 20th -century.
William Tecumseh Sherman’s
James Whistler’s “Asleep on Post” from 1853.
Whistler attended but did not graduate from
Today, the Department of English and Philosophy’s Cadet Fine Arts Forum provides artistic
opportunities for cadets and community members, and West Point remains a popular
location from which to view and paint the Hudson Valley.
The Department of English and Philosophy, in conjunction with the Directorate of Cadet Affairs,
publishes The Circle and the Spiral, the cadet literary and arts annual.
Department of English and Philosophy, United States Military Academy, Room 228, West Point, New York 10996
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