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The Denbigh Portrait

The portrait of Denbigh shown on this website's homepage was painted by Thomas Cantwell Healy (1820-89), a northern artist who worked throughout the South during the Civil War. Healy was born at Albany, New York, but at the age of four moved to Boston with his parents, William and Mary Healy. In 1838 Healy traveled to Paris to study art with his older brother, George Peter Alexander Healy. After a year her returned to Boston, where he opened a studio and exhibited paintings at the National Academy of Design and the Boston Athenĉum. From 1843 on, Thomas Healy traveled and lived extensively in the southern states, making his living as a portraitist in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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In early 1861 Thomas Healy and his brother George were in Charleston, South Carolina. After the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, the brothers parted ways. George, holding northern sympathies and strong anti-slavery views, returned to Boston, while Thomas remained behind. One of Thomas Healy's first portraits of the war period was one of Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard (left, Louisiana Historical Society), based on one his older brother had completed a short time before.
George Peter Alexander Healy (1813-94) returned to Boston and continued his career as a portraitist. George P. A. Healy painted some of the most prominent American leaders of the period, and many of his portraits hang today in leading galleries and collections. George P. A. Healy's portrait of Abraham Lincoln (right, National Portrait Gallery), completed more than 20 years after the president's assassination, is one of the best-known representations of the Great Emancipator. slincoln.gif (7750 bytes)

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Thomas C. Healy's portrait of Denbigh is dated at Mobile, Alabama, July 29, 1864, and is believed accurately to depict Denbigh's appearance when running the blockade in 1864-65. The painting shows Denbigh running out of Mobile with a full cargo of cotton. In the distance, at left, a Union blockader fires a futile shot after Denbigh.

The painting is dated just three days after Denbigh sailed from Mobile for the last time, and only a week before Union Admiral David Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron entered Mobile Bay and ended Mobile's days as a blockade-running port.

The Denbigh portrait is part of a private collection, and is used here with permission.

 

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Denbigh
History

"An Extremely Fast Boat" | The "Mobile Packet" | A "Bold Rascal" | Denbigh Today
Denbigh's Crew | The Erlanger Loan | Birkenhead-Built: An Unrivaled Legacy
Denbigh Primary Source Documents | Galveston During the Civil War | Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
The U.S. Coast Survey and the Blockade, 1861 | The Ship's Library: Recommended Reading
Running the Blockade Into Galveston: A Personal Narrative | Denbigh Day-by-Day
Denbigh Portrait | Official Number 28,647 | Valve Chest Animation (300kb) | Investors
Links of Interest | Denbigh F.A.Q. | Denbigh's Engines | Denbigh's Boiler
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Archaeology

April 27-28 Side Scan Survey | May 7-10 Site Mapping
June 16-17 Sub-Bottom Profiling | Site Mapping, July 9-12, 1998 | Dive Trip, October 18-30, 1998
Underwater Images | 1999 Summer Field Season | Denbigh Site Plan
Jerry Williams Speaking Tour | Denbigh Project Benefit Dinner |
Denbigh Artifacts | 2000 Field Crew | 2000 Field Crew Photo Album |
The Denbigh Wreck Site: A Quicktime VR Panaorama
Connecting Rod Recovery, July 22-24, 2000 | Modeling a Shipwreck
Credits & Thank-Yous

J. Barto Arnold et al. 1998-2000, The Denbigh Project, World Wide Web,
URL http://nautarch.tamu.edu/PROJECTS/denbigh/denbigh.html,
Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University, E-mail: (barnold@tamu.edu).  
Tuesday, September 05, 2000 Revision.

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