Title: Samuel Wells (Charlie Pitts), Deceased
Description: Charcoal 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 Note: Samuel 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 Also: Drago, Harry Sinclair. "Agents and Train Robbers." New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1973, pages 173-193. [364.16 D75r]
Creator: Dillenbeck, A. L.
Date: Circa 1890s
Subject: Charcoal drawings; Portrait drawings; Criminals; Guerrillas; Robberies;
Local Subject: Outlaws; Pitts, Charles; Wells, Samuel; 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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