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Samuel Wells (Charlie Pitts), Deceased
Samuel Wells (Charlie Pitts), Deceased
TitleSamuel Wells (Charlie Pitts), Deceased
DescriptionCharcoal portrait of deceased Samuel Wells, alias Charlie Pitts, showing unclothed upper torso with bullet hole in upper chest. The drawing is signed by the artist. Below the signature is "Charlie Pitts " written in different handwriting and black ink. At the bottom edge (only partially shown in image), "SAM WELLS alias" is handprinted in blue ink.
Biographical NoteSamuel Wells, alias Charlie Pitts, was a member of the James-Younger gang. Pitts was the only one of the eight-member gang not wounded or killed during the Northfield, Minnesota, bank robbery on September 7, 1876. Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell were both killed. The Younger brothers--Bob, Jim and Cole--were all wounded as well as Jesse and Frank James. After fleeing Northfield, the James brothers split from Pitts and the Younger brothers and successfully eluded the posse. Two weeks later, the posse found the Younger brothers and Pitts, and during the confrontation they shot and killed Pitts.
See AlsoDrago, Harry Sinclair. "Agents and Train Robbers." New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1973, pages 173-193. [364.16 D75r]
CreatorAnna Lee (Dillenbeck) Stacey
DateCirca 1890s
SubjectCharcoal drawings
Portrait drawings
Local SubjectOutlaws
Pitts, Charles
Wells, Samuel
Bank Robberies
NotesThe portrait was separated from the original mat board. It is believed that most if not all of Anna Stacey's drawings were made from photographs. The MVO (Missouri Valley Oversize) is composed of various types of art work including paintings, sculpture, drawings and sketches, large-size photographs, posters, and other miscellaneous items.
Item TypeArt Work, 14 x 18 in.
Digital FormatTiff imported as jpeg2000
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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