The Angel of the Battlefield
Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 1862
What intrigued me, as an idea for a painting, was that after the battle of Fredericksburg, the building was used as a hospital, and that both Clara Barton and Walt Whitman were there at the same time! What an opportunity; to paint Clara Barton, the icon of American nursing, and Walt Whitman, an icon of American Literature! – Mort Künstler
After Mort has settled on the composition, he draws on a brown piece of paper to help him mark where the lighting effects would be.