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Libby Prison, in Richmond, Virginia, was one of the most notorious Confederate prisons in operation during the Civil War. The building was originally a tobacco warehouse, constructed by local merchant Fulton Libby in 1845; by 1862, it was a filthy, vermin-infested, dank prison, housing as many as...

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Inscription

Lower right: Blythe

Provenance

The artist; with J. J. Gillespie Co., Pittsburgh; M.B. Leisser, Pittsburgh, before 1879; with private dealer, Pittsburgh, about 1926; to Alfred E. Meyer, Sr., Carnegie, Pa., 1947; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R. I., 1948; to MFA, 1948, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

Credit Line

Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865

1863

Dimensions

61.28 x 91.76 cm (24 1/8 x 36 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

48.414

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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