Title: Jesse James
Description: Charcoal portrait of Jesse James dressed in suit coat, shirt, and cravat. The drawing is signed by the artist. Below the signature is "Jesse James" written in different handwriting and black ink. It also has "(over)" to indicate a newspaper article attached to the back. There's no date for the article from the St. Joseph News-Press but probably is 1938 or 1939. Dillenbeck may have used the picture in the article for this drawing. Most of the article is missing but is about the movie released in 1939 with Tyrone Power as Jesse James.
Biographical Note: In 1863, James joined Quantrill's Guerrillas and after the Civil War became leader of the James-Younger gang. He was shot by a new member of his gang, Robert Ford, April 3, 1882.
See Also: MVO-61F, MVO-91F, MVO-92F; MVO-157F; and "Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War," p. 153 [MVSC Q 977.803 B67P].
Creator: Dillenbeck, A. L.
Date: Circa 1890s
Subject: Charcoal drawings; Criminals; Guerrillas; Portrait drawings;
Local Subject: Border Warfare; Bushwhackers; Outlaws; James, Jesse; Civil War; Bank Robberies;
Notes: The portrait was separated from the original mat board. It is believed that most if not all of the Dillenbeck 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, 14 x 18 in.
Digital Format: Tiff imported as jpeg2000
Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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