American, born Prussia,
First Lieutenant J. Mack Walker, C.S.A.
North America, American, Alabama
90 1/2 in. x 39 3/4 in. (229.87 cm x 100.97 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hopson Owen
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. His portrait of J. Mack (John Marshall) Walker (1840-1864), a First Lieutenant in the Confederate Army, was a posthumous one, probably based upon a photographic carte de visite. Walker was a member of the family that owned Cedar Grove Plantation in Marengo County. He died May 24, 1864 as the result of a wound he received at the Battle of Resaca in Georgia.
American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 12, p. 56.