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Guide to the Edward Woolf watercolor "An Indian of the Creek Nation Sketched from Nature at Mobile Alabama" mss.3737

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

August 2013

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

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Collection Title:

Edward Woolf watercolor "An Indian of the Creek Nation Sketched from Nature at Mobile Alabama"

Unit ID:

mss.3737

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.8 Linear feet (Watercolor painted by Edward Woolf probably shortly after his arrival in Mobile, Alabama, from England, around 1837.)

Dates:

circa 1837

General Physical Description note

"some minor tears and cracking, with small loss of image at lower left and loss to upper left corner; backed with strips of old newsprint[!], with residue of adhesive tape." ~~ from seller's description

Abstract:

Watercolor sketch of a Creek Indian painted by Edward Woolf

creator

Woolf, Edward, 1807-1882

Usage Restrictions:

None

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Boston Rare Maps, 2013

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Edward Woolf watercolor " An Indian of the Creek Nation Sketched from Nature at Mobile Alabama, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

Probably better known for his musical rather than artistic talents, Edward Woolf was an American musician, novelist, newspaper journalist, and artist. He was born in England in 1807 and immigrated to the United States, arriving in Mobile, Alabama, in 1837. There he met and married the sister-in-law of Israel I. Jones, a well-known Mobile resident. The couple had at least ten children: Benjamin Edwards, Michael A. Philip, Solomon, Albert Edward, Samuel, Allan, and three daughters.

Over the course of his early career, Woolf was the conductor of orchestras in several cities, including Mobile, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Philadelphia. Finally settling in New York, he was the musical conductor of Burton's National Theatre for two years. After the Burton, he became conductor at the old Bowery Theatre, Barnum's Museum, and the Winter Garden.

Woolf died in 1882.

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of a watercolor sketch of a Creek Indian painted by Edward Woolf sometime after the Second Creek War.

Source(s)

Art (lcsh)

Creek Indians--Alabama--History--19th century (lcsh)

Native Americans (localbroad)

Watercolor Box 3737.001