Petersburg National Battlefield: Museum Art – Petersburg VA

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) produced sketches and other works for what is now known as Petersburg National Battlefield. The status and present location of these works is unknown to Living New Deal.

Wallace and Conway: “In time, additional displays included a number of attractive water colors, pastels, and charcoal illustrations done under a Works Progress Administration art project sponsored by the park in 1937. These illustrations depicted uniforms, battle scenes, and maps of battlefield areas around Petersburg and Richmond.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “The WPA art project for the Petersburg National Military Park in progress for a year and a half has been completed. The work includes a series of sketches of important scenes in the history of Petersburg from Colonial days, portraits, a large map showing old homes, public buildings, and other historic points in the city, and sketches of military uniforms. Some of the drawings are in the Crater Museum, others in the contact station post office and offices of the Park Service here.”

Source notes

"A HISTORY OF PETERSBURG NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD," by Lee A. Wallace, Jr. and Martin R. Conway (pg. 100-101): https://npshistory.com/publications/pete/wallace-conway-1983.pdf (accessed July 13, 2022)

"WPA Project Completed," Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 9, 1937 (pg. 6): https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/828038178/

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on July 13, 2022.

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Location Info


5001 Siege Rd.
Petersburg, VA 23803

Coordinates: 37.243881, -77.356929

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