Photo #: KN-582 (Color) -- (Extended caption)
Quartermaster Dick Libby, USN
Oil on canvas, 30" x 26", by Charles O. Cole (1814-c.1856). Painted circa 1834.
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Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the Boston Naval Library and Institute, 1921.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
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In "Naval Uniforms", published in the "United Service" magazine (Vol. 2, pp 750-751) in 1880, George Henry Preble writes:
"I know of but two portraits of our old sailors in naval costume extant, and these are old Dick Libby and Fred Boyer, both quartermasters, well known to our older Naval officers, whose portraits are preserved in the Naval Library and Institute of Boston, and were exibited in the Centennial Exhibition.
Libby, the type of a bluff, mahogany-faced old sea-dog, has on a blue jacket with the taped collar. The portrait was painted by C.O. Cole, in Portland, in 1834, where Dick was spending his savings after a cruise in the Mediterranean in the Delaware, 74.
Fred Boyer is dressed in a white shirt with nankeen collar, and blue trousers, and has in his hand a black tarpaulin hat. His portrait was painted by Flagg - a brother of the commander by that name - while Boyer was a quartermaster on board the receiving ship Ohio in Boston somewhere about 1840-45. His character is best told by the description under his portrait, 'Twenty years in the Navy. Never drunk on duty - never sober on liberty.'".
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30 March 2000