National Portrait Gallery displays drawings of Adalbert Volck
A Southern grandmother, mother and daughter appear in a domestic setting generating garments for Confederate use in "Making Cloths for the Boys in the Army" (1864). Beside it, "Searching for Arms" (1863) shows a pro-secessionist home in Baltimore being turned out by Union troops in search of weapons or any other household items that could aid the South.
"Cave Life in Vicksburg" (1864) presents a subdued scene of a woman praying inside a ramshackle earthen abode outfitted with furniture and family objects. The lithograph references the Union siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in 1863, during which time many of the town's residents took cover in caves dug into hillsides.
After the war, Volck resumed his dental practice. In addition, he expanded his artistic interests with painting and sculpture, and became a prominent figure in Baltimore's cultural circles. He died in 1912.
"The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck" remains on display through Jan. 21.
If you go . . .
What: The National Portrait Gallery is located at 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day.
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