Robert Augustus Toombs (1810-1885), at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, after the Civil War
11 August 1875
Graphite on paper, laid on a larger sheet
Overall: 7 5/8 x 4 in. ( 19.4 x 10.2 cm ) mat: 18 x 14 in. ( 45.7 x 35.6 cm )
Signed at lower right with illegible initials; inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Blatant Robert Toombs / White Sulphur Springs, W Va / 11th August, 1875."; larger sheet inscribed: "Sketched by myself from life, at the Springs where Gen. Toombs was in the / habit of attracting a crowd by abusing the government three or four times a day"
Although the inscription indicates the artist observed Toombs at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, he retired to his home in Washington, Georgia after the end of the Civil War and died there.
From 1845 to 1853 the subject was an active member of Congress from his native state of Georgia, and in the latter year was elected U.S. senator, an office he held until the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861 he became secretary of state of the Confederacy. He fled to London after the war, but returned to practice law in Georgia. Although he never regained his citizenship he was a strong influence against "carpet-bag" rule in the Reconstruction Era.
Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
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