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Benjamin (Ben) Broomfield
Benjamin (Ben) Broomfield
TitleBenjamin (Ben) Broomfield
DescriptionCharcoal portrait of Ben Broomfield with pullover shirt typical of the guerrillas, hat, and rifle. The drawing is signed by the artist with "93" immediately below the signature. At the bottom right corner, "Ben Bloomfield" is written in different handwriting and black ink. It is assumed to be Broomfield.
Biographical NoteBen Broomfield was with Quantrill and Bill Anderson, who "called him his own Indian." Broomfield was part Comanche. He took part in the Lawrence, Kansas, massacre on August 21, 1863. Facts don't correlate about his death. Broomfield was killed either in 1863 or 1864.
CreatorElmer Stewart
Date1893
SubjectCharcoal drawings
Portrait drawings
Guerrillas
Local SubjectBorder Warfare
Bushwhackers
Civil War
Broomfield, Ben
LocationMVO-87F
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, 18 x 21.5 in.
Digital FormatTiff imported as jpeg2000
Barcode10023118
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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