Title: Richard (Dick) Burns

Description: Charcoal portrait drawing of Dick Burns in suit, vest, shirt, and hat. The drawing is unsigned but attributed to Anna Lee (Dillenbeck) Stacey. In lower right corner, written in black ink, "Dick Burns."

Biographical Note: Burns enlisted in 1861 and served under Quantrill. He took part in the Lawrence massacre on August 21, 1863. After the war he was a member of the James-Younger Gang and participated in the Richmond, Missouri, bank robbery on May 23, 1867. The Richmond posse found Burns "sleeping in a farmhouse within two miles of Richmond. He was taken outside and strung up on a convenient elm" (Drago, Harry Sinclair, "Road Agents and Train Robbers," p. 158 [MVSC 364.16 D75R]). Other authors say he was killed later by an axe that split open his head.

Creator: Anna Lee (Dillenbeck) Stacey

Date: Circa 1890s

Subject: Charcoal drawings; Criminals; Guerrillas; Portrait drawings;

Local Subject: Burns, Richard; Border Warfare; Bushwhackers; Bank Robberies; Outlaws; Civil War;

Location: MVO-50F Q

Notes: The 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 Type: Art Work, 15 x 19 in.

Digital Format: Tiff imported as jpeg2000

Barcode: 10023081

Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

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