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1853-1854
Inclusive dates
1853-1854
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Diary, 1 July 1853-31 May 1854, of William Ludwell Sheppard (1833-1912) of Richmond, Virginia, in which he comments on his personal life, family and friends, his efforts at painting at odd hours, social life in Richmond, weather observations, his church attendance, spiritualism, and fires throughout Richmond. Sheppard writes about working in a store, especially with guano and fish. He also discusses a friend's employment with railroads, and the war between Turkey and Russia. Sheppard remarks on Pierre Soule, minister to Spain, on John Y. Mason, minister to France, and on Queen Victoria's refusal to meet with Harriet Beecher Stowe. He also comments on seeing a free black family departing for Liberia
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Biographical or historical data
William Ludwell Sheppard was born 31 August 1833 in Richmond, Virginia, to William Pendleton Sheppard (1800-1855) and Mary Ludwell Gooseley Sheppard. He was educated under Dr. Socrates Maupin (1808-1871) and Claudius Crozet (1790-1864). While a young man, Sheppard painted at odd hours while working at a store in Richmond. In the late 1850s, he was able to travel to New York, New York, and Paris, France, to pursue an art education. However, when the Civil War began, he returned to Richmond and enlisted in the Richmond Howitzers as a private. Promoted to second lieutenant, Sheppard eventually was appointed to the Topographical Department of the Army of Northern Virginia. While serving in the army, Sheppard sketched many of the sights around him. After the war ended, he drew for several magazines, including FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER and HARPER'S WEEKLY. Over 1877 and 1878, Sheppard returned to Paris and also travelled to London, England to again study art. While in England, he received a commission to copy portraits of Englishmen who played a prominent role in Virginia history. Returning to Richmond, Sheppard taught at the Mechanics Institute and helped found the Richmond Art Club. Sheppard designed several sculptures in Richmond including the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the A. P. Hill Monument, and the Governor William Smith statue. He married Sally McCaw (1833-1924) in 1864, and they had two children. Sheppard died in Richmond 26 March 1912, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
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Vi
Form designation
Diary
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Immediate source of acquisition
Valentine Museum
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000504312
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative).
Type of unit
v. (65 leaves).

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