American, born Prussia,
A Marion Institute Student
North America, American, Kentucky
17 in. x 14 in. (43.18 cm x 35.56 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Brooks, Sr.
© Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Nicola Marschall was a native of Prussia who arrived in the Port of New Orleans in 1849. He travelled to the Alabama Black Belt, where he set up as a portraitist depicting members of the planter families who lived in central Alabama. Marschall's practice was centered in the communities of Greensboro and nearly Marion, which was also home to a military academy for boys. This portrait most likely documents one of the young men educated at Marion Institute.