The Student
Original Author: David Hunter Strother, or "Porte Crayon",November 1853 12465,Rotunda Fire,University of Virginia Special Collections,Thursday
Created: November 16
Medium: Drawing

The Student

An 1853 illustration of a typical student at the University of Virginia is captioned as follows:

It gives me great pleasure to say that, although the vivacity of these blooded colts at the University frequently leads them into all sorts of deviltries and excesses, they have almost invariably the manners of gentlemen.

The artist who created this sketch and characterized the typical university student was David Hunter Strother, a Virginia illustrator who worked under the pen name Porte Crayon. In the nineteenth century a porte-crayon was a brass or steel instrument that held chalk or crayon for sketching.