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Drawings of the American Civil War Era
September 9, 2009 9:36 AM   Subscribe

The Becker Collection: Drawings of the American Civil War Era "..contains the hitherto unexhibited and undocumented drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly Newspaper observing, drawing, and sending back for publication images of the Civil War, the construction of the railroads, the laying of the trans-atlantic cable in Ireland, the Chinese in the West, the Indian wars, the Chicago fire, and numerous other aspects of nineteenth-century American culture." {artist biographies / subject browse} [via]
posted by peacay (8 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very cool.
posted by Atreides at 9:55 AM on September 9, 2009


Thanks for this! The transcriptions of scribbled notes on the drawings are fascinating...

4000 vs. 200
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 10:03 AM on September 9, 2009


There is some incredible historic art in there. Fantastic post.
posted by Sphinx at 10:27 AM on September 9, 2009


These are fascinating, thanks peacay!
posted by homuncula at 10:34 AM on September 9, 2009


Beautiful renderings of the great American tragedy... reminds me of the Burns Civil War diary entries and etchings.
posted by sundance1001 at 11:02 AM on September 9, 2009


Winslow Homer was another artist for Leslie's (and other publications): his Civil War engravings are amazing.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:24 AM on September 9, 2009


Grr. I hate when people claim copyright on material that is *clearly* in the public domain.
posted by fings at 11:35 AM on September 9, 2009


Wow, this is awesome. As usual. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise at 11:35 AM on September 9, 2009


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