Drawings from the Battlefront
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In an era before photography could capture the frenzy and terror of battle, illustrators known as “Special Artists”—among them such famous draftsmen as Winslow Homer, Thomas Nast, and Alfred Waud—created for the American public some of the most important, influential, and enduring images of the Civil War. Reporting for newspapers like Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News, the Specials were prototypes for contemporary combat photographers. They brought a visceral immediacy to the clash, creating rich and nuanced images of soldiers in the camps and troops on the move, as well as sweeping panoramas of the great battles.
The illustrations span the war and its many theaters, including rarely seen views of Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg, as well as the famous stampede of Union soldiers fleeing the Rebels at Bull Run. With Civil War Sketch Book, Harry L. Katz and Vincent Virga mark the 150th anniversary of the war’s opening with a collection of 250 of these remarkable images. These pieces give us the sense that we are touching history, for the illustrations (some even stained with soldiers’ blood) represent priceless artifacts from our nation’s greatest conflict.
Hardcover Book : 288 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. ( May 14, 2012 )
Item #: 13-528958
Product Dimensions: 12.0 x 10.0 inches
Product Weight: 62.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)