Title: Jesse James
Description: Charcoal portrait of Jesse James dressed in suit coat, vest, shirt, tie, and hat. Drawing is signed by the artist with "93" immediately below the signature. At the bottom right corner, "Frank James" is written in different handwriting and black ink. This designation should be Jesse, not Frank.
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 (Bob) Ford, April 3, 1882.
See Also: MVO-60F; MVO-61F; MVO-91F; MVO-157F; and "Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War," p. 153 [MVSC Q 977.803 B67P].
Creator: Elmer Stewart
Subject: Charcoal drawings; Portrait drawings; Criminals; Guerrillas;
Local Subject: Border Warfare; Outlaws; Bushwhackers; Civil War; James, Jesse; 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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