FRAMED PENCIL SKETCH OF UNIDENTIFIED CONFEDERATE MAJOR

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Sketch was made by the artist Thomas Cantwell Healy. Laureldale, Mississippi on February 20, 1865. It is a waist- up side view of a Confederate Major in uniform. Sketch is very life-like with extraordinary detail.

Sketch measures 5” x 7”, shows fold creases and scattered spots. Sketch is housed in a wooden frame that measures 13” x 15”.  Frame is in excellent condition. Reverse has wire for hanging purposes.

Thomas Cantwell Healy was born on December 7, 1820 in Albany, NY and died on December 10, 1889 at Lucknow Plantation near Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Healy was the younger brother of George Peter Alexander Healy (1813-1894), the celebrated 19th century American portrait artist. He studied in Boston and Paris, exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum and National Academy of Design in New York, then started traveling South (mostly Louisiana and Mississippi). Healy settled in Port Gibson, Mississippi where he became a celebrated painter of portraits. In the usual manner of the day, Healy traveled to rural homes, where he stayed for several days or weeks completing his commissions. Although a northerner, Healy remained in Port Gibson during the Civil War. He married in 1870, and by 1878 had five children. His wife and two of the children died in the Yellow Fever epidemic in that same year. No known drawings or paintings exist by Healy after this. [SM]

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