Civil War Illustrated
June 10, 2013
"First Hand: Civil War-Era Drawings From the Becker Collection" is on exhibition in The Trout Gallery through Oct. 19. Illustration by Andrew McCallum.
This year marks the
150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address. In
commemoration of those pivotal and defining events in the American Civil War
and U.S. history, The Trout
Gallery presents more than 50 drawings from combat illustrators who served
as artist-reporters during the Civil War. This special exhibition, First
Hand: Civil War-Era Drawings From the Becker Collection, runs through
The Civil War was one of the first major conflicts covered by
the newly emerging media of illustrated newspapers, including Frank
Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly. Combat
illustrators known as "special artists," prepared drawings of various
aspects of warfare and camp life and shipped them to their editorial offices,
where the images were engraved and paired with news articles. This
exhibition from the Becker Collection presents drawings and corresponding
illustrations from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper,
illuminating the origins of what we today call embedded journalists.
Joseph Becker's career with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
spanned four decades. Upon his retirement in 1900, he took with him nearly
700 original drawings, which he and other artist-reporters produced to
accompany news articles during the Civil War.
An exhibition reception
will be held on Friday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rubendall Recital Hall,
Weiss Center for the Arts, with guest lecturer Harold Holzer, a writer and
leading authority on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War-era.
He serves as the chair of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and as the
first Roger Hertog Fellow at The New York Historical Society. The exhibition
and reception are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Tuesday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.