Title: Alexander Franklin (Frank) James
Description: Charcoal portrait of Frank James dressed in what appears to be a Confederate cavalry uniform. Drawing is signed by the artist with "93" immediately below the signature. Not visible in the image is "Frank James" written in blue ink in lower right corner edge.
Biographical Note: Frank James, the older brother of Jesse, first joined the Missouri State Guard, but later became a member of Quantrill’s guerrillas. Frank took part in many Civil War battles and skirmishes, including the raid on Lawrence, Kansas, August 21, 1863, and the Centralia massacre. He surrendered at Samuel’s Depot, Kentucky, at the end of the war. He was a member of the James-Younger gang and participated in numerous robberies, and although tried for some of these, was acquitted. He died of a stroke February 15, 1915. He is buried in the Hill family private cemetery near Kansas City.
See Also: "Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War," p. 152 [MVSC Q 977.803 B67P].
Creator: Elmer Stewart
Subject: Charcoal drawings; Portrait drawings; Criminals; Guerrillas;
Local Subject: Border Warfare; Outlaws; Bushwhackers; Civil War; James, Frank; James Gang;
Notes: The 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 Type: Art Work, 18 x 22 in.
Digital Format: Tiff imported as jpeg2000
Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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