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Certain mysteries about its origins surround this painting. There are indications that this portrait was done in Richmond, Virginia in September of 1861 when Johnston came to the capital to meet with Jefferson Davis. Though Kentucky-born, Johnston had was appointed to West Point from Louisiana and later rose to fame serving as secretary of war in the Republic of Texas and as a colonel in the Mexican War. As the second ranking general in the Confederate army, Johnston's fame was particularly bright in 1861, and Welch might have chosen his portrait as a "calling card" to induce the other generals...
Created by: Welch, Thomas B.
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Thomas B. Welch's portraits of Jackson and Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston introduced a certain mystery to the Norton. We know only a little about Welch; he was born in Charleston, South Carolina and at 17 was apprenticed to artist and engraver James Barton Longacre in Philadelphia and later studied there with Thomas Sully. A Southern sympathizer, Welch returned south at the outbreak of the Civil War. This portrait was apparently commissioned by James Parke Corbin, owner of the plantation Moss Neck in Virginia, which served as Jackson's headquarters in the winter of 1862-63. The debate concerns whether or not this...
Created by: Welch, Thomas B.
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