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Otto Walter Beck papers, 1913-1918

Otto Walter Beck papers, 1913-1918

Beck, Walter, 1864-1954

Sculptor, Painter

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.

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