1860 Mar. 10-Apr. 28
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1860 Mar. 10-Apr. 28
Diary, 10 March-28 April 1860, of William Ludwell Sheppard (1833-1912) of New York, News York, describing his voyage from New York to London, England, and Paris, France, on a mission to select an artist to return to New York and probably to attend the art school where Sheppard may have been studying, but offers few details beyond that. Sheppard details his stay in both European capitals describing the sights that he sees. Sheppard also has copied two plays into his diary, "The Will of Caesar Girodet" by Adolphe Bellot and Edmond Villetard, and "The Battle of Ladies; or the Duel in Love" by an anonymous author. The diary covers pages 1-34, "The Will of Caesar Girodet" pages 35-67, and "The Battle of Ladies" 68-134
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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 Monumnet, 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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Lull, Robert W.
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v. (134 p.)

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