Davis, with his dog, Traveler, at Beauvoir
This portrait of Confederate President
Jefferson Davis shows Davis seated in the library cottage with his
constant companion, his dog, Traveler. This is where Davis wrote The
Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. McWilliams lived at
Beauvoir during the time he was working on the painting. He had access
to Davis' clothes, a lock of his hair, his death mask and his books
during this time. He was also allowed to use the cottage library.
Davis loved the peace and quiet at Beauvoir as he and Traveler walked
the beaches and enjoyed the shade of the great old live oak trees.
The original painting hangs in the new
Jefferson Davis Presidential Library at Beauvoir, Biloxi, Mississippi.
The dog in the painting has always been a great favorite of the
children as they tour Beauvoir. In 1974 Jerry donated a painting to
Beauvoir titled, Jefferson Davis with the Battle Flag. It is displayed
in the Presidential Library beside the Great Seal of the Confederacy.
Story tag included.