Prison Camp, Bell Isle, Virginia

September 1863
William Ludwell Sheppard (American, 1833–1912)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (Civil War) 0987


Sheet: 25.4 x 35.5 cm (10 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brush and wash, heightened with white on paper, laid down

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



James River. Marsh water with flat boat in foreground; tents of camp in distance beyond row of trees.


Inscribed lower left, within the frame in brush and wash: W.L. Sheppard Sept. 1863; below in margin in graphite: The Prison Camp Belle Isle / opposite Richmond Va. / The Prison Camp Belle Isle / opposite Richmond Va from ... (something illegible)


Annotated upper left in margin in pen and ink: A.5992; printed above center in margin: 2049; lower right in margin in graphite: C18551 / ms-


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA December 14, 1950

Credit Line

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