Judicial Portraits
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Richard Avery
Richard Henry Alvey

Dates Served
1893 - 1905

Biographical Sketch
Born March 6, 1826, in St. Mary`s County, MD
Died September 14, 1906, in Hagerstown, MD

Federal Judicial Service:
Chief Justice, U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Nominated by Grover Cleveland on April 14, 1893, to a new seat authorized by 27 Stat. 434; Confirmed by the Senate on April 15, 1893, and received commission on April 15, 1893.
Service terminated on January 1, 1905, due to retirement.

Education:
Read law, 1849

Professional Career:
Private practice, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1850-1867
Member, Maryland State Legislature, 1867
Delegate, Maryland Constitutional Convention, 1867
Chief judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland, 1867-1883
Chief justice, Maryland Court of Appeals, 1883-1893
Private practice, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1904-1906

Frame Dimensions
Oil on canvas 40" X 30"

Artist
Richard Norris Brooke (1847 - 1920), a native of Warrenton, Virginia, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and then in Paris with Leon Bonnat, a realist and portrait painter. One of Mr. Brooke's paintings, Pastoral Visit, a portrait of an elderly black minister with a family of his parishioners, was for years one of the most popular paintings at the Corcoran Gallery. Like many other portraits painted by Mr. Brooke, this is considered a sympathetic and dignified depiction of a fellow Southerner, an African-American man, painted in 1880, just years after the Civil War. Brooke viewed blacks as an "integral part of Southern culture and wanted to represent them as such."