Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.

November 1863
Robert Knox Sneden (American, 1832–1918)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (Civil War) 0996


Sheet: 12.6 x 20.3 cm (4 15/16 x 8 in.) Mount: 17 x 28.1 cm (6 11/16 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Graphite, brush and gray and blue-green wash on brown paper, with brown paper mount

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Three-story prison by water with buildings, bridge and hills in distance.


Inscribed on mount in pen and brown ink: Crew & Pemberton Prison Rebel rifle pits Manchester side Libby Prison 1500 M.S. Officers Conol. Hagulls Millson Manchester side. Mayo's Bridge & Church / Island / Fort Winder; on mount centered below: LIBBY PRISON. - RICHMOND. VA. / Drawn by R.K. Sneden 40th. NY Regt while a / prisoner of War in Scotts Prison / Novr. 1863.


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA June 8, 1960

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875