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William (Bill) T. Anderson
William (Bill) T. Anderson
TitleWilliam (Bill) T. Anderson
DescriptionCharcoal portrait of Bill Anderson in jacket with top button closed, shirt, carvat, and a brimmed hat with a lone star on the upturned brim and embellished with an ostrich plume. The drawing is signed by the artist with "93" immediately below the signature. At the bottom right corner, "Wm. Anderson" is written in different handwriting and black ink.
Biographical NoteBill Anderson was a chief lieutenant under William C. Quantrill and earned the sobriquet "Bloody Bill." He later was a lieutenant under George Todd. He was part of the Lawrence massacre on August 21, 1863, and responsible for much of the Centralia, Missouri, massacre on September 27, 1864. He was killed October 26, 1864, near Orrick (Ray County), Missouri.
See AlsoWood, Larry. "The Civil War Story of Bloody Bill Anderson." Austin Texas: Eakin Press, 2003 [MVSC BROWSING 973.737 A55ZW] and "Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War," p. 167 [MVSC Q 977.803 B67P].
CreatorElmer Stewart
SubjectCharcoal drawings
Portrait drawings
Local SubjectBorder Warfare
Civil War
Anderson, William (Bloody Bill)
NotesThe portrait was separated from the original mat board. It is believed that most of the Stewart 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, 17.5 x 21.5 in.
Digital FormatTiff imported as jpeg2000
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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