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Object Name Portrait
Catalog Number 2009.fic.041
Description Portrait of David Frank Powell, known as Frank Powell or Doc Powell. Charcoal on paper, 3/4 bust view, facing to viewer's right. Powell is shown wearing a dark suit coat and tie, with a full head of hair, moustache and pointed goatee. Signed "Mabel Lewis" on the lower left side, on top of Powell's shoulder. A small, 1.5" x 2" paper print of a photo of Powell, which the portrait is based on, is set in the bottom left corner of the mat.
Collection LCHS Fine Art Collection
Maker Mabel Lewis
Material Paper
Dimensions H-35 W-30.5 inches
Height (in) 35
Width (in) 30.5
Inscription Type Inscription
Inscription Text D. Frank Powell
1885 b
1893 4.5.6.
Makers mark Brass plaque affixed to front of frame, center bottom.
Signature Location Lower left, on top of subjects shoulder.
Signed Name Mabel Lewis
People Powell, Frank
Search Terms Mayors of La Crosse
Mayor
Portrait
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Notes "Charcoal of Frank Powell from a small photo, by Mabel Lewis."
This painting was displayed for many years in Swarthout Museum. The guide to the museum's paintings described the subject of this painting thus:
"Frank 'White Beaver' Powell: One of La Crosse's most colorful citizens, Powell was part Indian guide, part patent-medicine salesman, part entrepreneur and part politician. Friend of 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, Powell was also mayor of the city four times."