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.

Canister Wait

150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration

The scene shows a line of seven canons of the 126th New York Artillery Regiment through the trees of Ziegler's Grove - waiting for Colonel Eliakim Sherrill's order to fire canister at Brigadier General Pettigrew's oncoming Confederate Infantry during Pickett's Charge. Like much of the Union Artillery Line, the 126th had waited to conserve ammunition, and to deceive the South into believing their artillery barrage had disabled the Union Guns.

Recently positioned on the north end of Cemetery Ridge, the 126th acquitted themselves well by holding their ground - and so restored their honor that was lost when they surrendered to Stonewall Jackson at Harper's Ferry in 1862.

The Angle and Copse Of Trees are out of view to the left, but the Bliss Farm is in center left and the Lutheran Seminary can be seen in the distance to the right.

There are seven canons and crews, seven field binoculars, seven flags, and seven boxes of ammunition within the scene. The limber is complete with seat pad and artillery accessories, and familiar personal equipment is spread throughout.

Time Of Execution: 60 Hours
Technique / Media: Graphite, Prisma-Color, gouache, and ink on blue paper.
Size: 8.5" x 14"

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