Gettysburg Illustrations - WileyStudio

Doc reenacted as a Battlefield Illustrator-Photographer, and Dixie as an Ice Angel-Photographer. Eventually, the full color, black and white, and period-style Illustrations will cover most key events and personages of the battle held to be the turning point of the American Civil War.

INTERESTING NOTES ON CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD ILLUSTRATORS: Alfred Waud, Frank Vizetelly, and other Civil War Battlefield Illustrators were civilian artists who produced artworks as they followed both Union and Confederate Armies throughout the war. Their initial quick battlefield sketches were further developed in camp, then sent by horse couriers or blockade runners for conversion into engravings in publications such as Harper's Weekly, The New York Illustrated News, and The Illustrated London News. In this way, live action battlefield events were brought to American and European audiences quickly - for the time - and made the Civil War the first conflict viewable in history as it unfolded. Photography was a new technology - so the photographic work of Gardner and Brady was not yet reproducible in printed publications. In addition, camera shutter speeds were slow and not capable of capturing live action - which is why the photography of the time tended to capture after-battle scenes, portraits, and static images - making the work of battlefield illustrators the only way to convey battlefield live action scenes. Illustrators like Waud and Vizetelly lived frequently with front line troops and were in much personal peril as they worked. A typical up to 30-minute pencil sketch was further rendered in camp or in the field then sent in to a publisher in as few as two days where the conversion into wood block or metal plate engravings were made by a team of artists for printing and distribution to a waiting public. Waud, following the Army Of The Potomac worked for Northern publications and could get his work published fairly quickly, but Vizetelly - following the Army Of Northern Virginia - faced the added constraint of having to send his work to The Illustrated London News via blockade runners from Wilmington, North Carolina. Of interest; there was a Northern Bounty on both Vizetelly AND his work - as it was considered propaghanda against the north. Such was the commitment of Battlefield Illustrators and publishers at the time. Illustrated newspapers with Civil War Battlefield Scenes were in very high demand and sometimes sold more than 300.000 copies per issue.

Parrott Answer

150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration

Traversed right to answer Union Sharpshooters south of The Angle on Cemetery Ridge, this 20-Pound Parrott Rifle is part of Woolfolk's Battery, Longstreet's Artillery Reserve. Woolfolk's two 20-Pound Parrotts and two 12-Pound Napoleons were positioned northeast of Spangler's Woods near the Peach Orchard.

Due to their accuracy and longer range; up to 4400 yards, Parrott Rifles could answer the threat of sharpshooters with relative ease. Made at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, it was a copy of a Union design and one of the heaviest artillery pieces used by the Confederacy at Gettysburg.

Shown in action, the four man crew is surrounded by Confederate and Battery Flags, a saber, pike, Bowie knife, ammunition crate, bucket and accessories. The Angle is upper right and the gun is firing on Cemetery Ridge near the Leister Farm.

Time Of Execution: 24 Hours
Technique / Media: Contour Line Graphite and white Prisma-Color and gouache on sepia paper.
Size: 11" x 14"

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