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Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the War, Volume 1

Alexander Gardner (American, Glasgow, Scotland 1821–1882 Washington, D.C.)

Artist:
James Gardner (American, born 1832)
Artist:
John Reekie (American, active 1860s)
Artist:
David Knox (American)
Artist:
William R. Pywell
Artist:
David B. Woodbury (American, died 1866)
Artist:
George N. Barnard (American, 1819–1902)
Artist:
Timothy H. O'Sullivan (American, born Ireland, 1840–1882)
Printer:
Alexander Gardner (American, Glasgow, Scotland 1821–1882 Washington, D.C.)
Author:
Alexander Gardner (American, Glasgow, Scotland 1821–1882 Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1863
Medium:
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives
Dimensions:
17.8 x 22.7 cm (7 x 8 15/16 in.)
Classification:
Albums
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.502.1 (1-50)
  • Description

    This photograph of the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg appears in the two-volume opus Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War (1865-66). Gardner's publication is egalitarian. Offended by Brady's habit of obscuring the names of his field operators behind the deceptive credit "Brady," Gardner specifically identified each of the eleven photographers in the publication; forty-four of the one hundred photographs are credited to Timothy O'Sullivan. Gardner titled the plate Field Where General Reynolds Fell, Battlefield of Gettysburg. But the photograph, its commemorative title notwithstanding, relates a far more common story: six Union soldiers lie dead, face up, stomachs bloated, their pockets picked and boots stolen. As Gardner described the previous plate, aptly titled The Harvest of Death, this photograph conveys "the blank horror and reality of war, in opposition to its pageantry."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Title and photographer engraved on each sheet

  • Provenance

    [Graphics International, Ltd.]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, February 15, 1979

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