Thomas Little Gus Garland, Jr. [1854-1855]

Thomas Little Gus Garland, Jr. [1854-1855]

Artist: Painted by Henry Byrd
Type: Oil on Canvas
Year: c.1860
Size/Dimensions: H: 22", W: 18"
Origin: LeFevre Legacy Purchase
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This Henry Byrd painting is a posthumous portrait of Thomas Garland, Jr. swathed in clouds. He was the child of Arkansas United States Senator Augustus H. Garland [1832 1899] and Virginia Garland [1835-1877]. Little Gus was one year and twenty two days old when he died on October 22, 1855 in Washington, Arkansas; the clouds represent his ascension into heaven. Augustus Garland was a lawyer, and a Confederate Congressman and Senator [1861-1865], Arkansas Governor [1874-1876], United States Senator [1877-1885], and United State Attorney General [1884-1888] in the administration of President Grover Cleveland.Henry Byrd was born in Ireland in 1805, moved to America and later lived and worked in Arkansas as a portrait painter from 1840 to 1865. He is considered to be Arkansas's most prolific painter of the 19th century. He traveled throughout Arkansas painting portraits of some of Arkansas's finest citizens. He eventually left the state to reside permanently in New Orleans where he continued to paint. Byrd died in New Orleans on September 26, 1884 at the age of 79.

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Thomas Little Gus Garland, Jr. [1854-1855]