|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|
|Dimensions||H-35 W-30.5 inches|
D. Frank Powell
|Makers mark||Brass plaque affixed to front of frame, center bottom.|
|Signature Location||Lower left, on top of subjects shoulder.|
|Signed Name||Mabel Lewis|
Mayors of La Crosse
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"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."