Collections › MESDA Collection › Edmund Burwell Redd

Edmund Burwell Redd

Henkel, Silon Amos
Place Made:
Henry County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
charcoal on paper
HOA 6-1/8″; WOA 5-1/4″
Accession Number:
SITTER: Edmund Burwell Redd (1808-1850) was the youngest son of Major John Redd (1755-1850) of Belleview Plantation in Henry County, Virginia. John Redd had served in the Revolutionary War and was present at the siege of Yorktown in 1781. After the war he married Mary Winston Carr Waller; they settled in the Marrowbone Valley of Henry County, and in 1783, built a two-story frame home called Belleview. Edmund and his wife, Sarah Anne Fontaine, lived at Belleview and had nine children. The profile portrait descended in the family of their youngest daughter, Ella (Redd) Watlington of Rockingham County, North Carolina.

ARTIST: Silon Amos Henkel (1813-1844) was the youngest son of Dr. Solomon Henkel and his wife, Rebecca Miller, of New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia. As a young man, Silon worked in his father’s Henkel Press, and later traveled with members of his family on Lutheran circuit riding trips across the South, which may explain the broad distribution of his charcoal portraits. A nearly identical profile by Silon of his cousin, Ireneus N. Henkel, now in the collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, is signed on the reverse, “Silon A. Henkel fecit.” Silon completed medical training at the University of Pennsylvania shortly before an untimely death in 1844. The MESDA collection includes a printed Henkel Press fraktur recording in great detail Silon’s ancestry, life, and funeral (acc. 5853).

DESCRIPTION: Small profile charcoal drawing of Edmund Burwell Redd; mounted in a paper frame with framing black line. The paper is mounted to mat-board and placed inside a frame, not original. The image is of a young man with dark, wavy hair on top; wearing a white shirt, cravat, and dark coat. He wears a flower-shaped pin on his cravat. He is seated in a chair with central vertical slat having a design. His gaze is stern.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund