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Otto Walter Beck papers, 1913-1918

Beck, Walter, 1864-1954

Painter, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 0.5 Linear feet

Summary: Letters from John S. Mosby about Beck's painting of Mosby with his Civil War Cavalry unit, and a rough sketch of the painting; Beck's 1913 daily calendar; a collection of signatures; notes; Beck's World War I veterans pin; and a scrapbook of portraits of Civil War soldiers by Beck, comprising photographs and details on each work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Beck (1864-1954) was a portrait painter in Dayton, Ohio.


Transferred 1979 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who purchased Beck's Civil War portraits, and in 2015 by the Smithsonian American Art/ Portrtait Gallery Library.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Otto Walter Beck papers, 1913-1918. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.