Dick Libby, the subject of one of the earliest known portraits of a U.S. Navy enlisted man, served in the ship of the line USS Delaware during her mid-1830s Mediterranean cruise. He probably had earlier and later service in the Navy as well.
This page features our only image of Quartermaster Dick Libby.
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Photo #: KN-582 (Color)
Quartermaster Dick Libby, USN
Oil on canvas, 30" x 26", by Charles O. Cole (1814-c.1856). Painted circa 1834.
See Photo # KN-582 (extended caption) for more information on this painting.
Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the Boston Naval Library and Institute, 1921.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Online Image: 89KB; 585 x 765 pixels
Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-KN-582
Photo #: NH 80855
United States' Centennial Exhibition, Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876
Photograph by Edward L. Wilson and W. Irving Adams, showing part of the U.S. Navy's exhibit at the exhibition, featuring a U.S. flag; Charles O. Cole's portrait of Dick Libby (see Photo # KN-582); models of drydocks, with a monitor in the one at left; heavy iron bars bent by the Boston Navy Yard's bending mill; and a monument made of wood from ships lost in the Norfolk-Hampton Roads area during the Civil War, including (from top to bottom): CSS Florida, USS Cumberland, USS Merrimack, USS Delaware, USS Columbia, USS Columbus, USS Pennsylvania, USS United States and USS Raritan.
Copied from the book "Photographic Views of the Naval Department of the United States, International Centennial Exhibition of 1876", held by the Navy Department Library in 1974.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 137KB; 660 x 675 pixels
Page made 31 March 2000
New image added 5 May 2000