1. Creator/Author:
  2. John Sartain (17)

The Battle of Gettysburg

Creator:
John Sartain, Joseph A. Joel
Location:
New York, New York
Origin Date:
1885
Materials:
paper, print
Measurements:
overall: 36 in x 48 3/4 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0478
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

Steel mezzotint engraving by John Sartain after the painting of the Battle of Gettysburg done by P. F. Rothermel. The chaotic landscape features soldiers in various uniforms engaged in combat with guns or bayonets; others lay dead or wounded. Dark clouds and smoke consume the background. Title and text are printed below the battle scene: "The Battle of Gettysburg. From the original picture painted for the state of Pennsylvania under award of Commission appointed by the legislature." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum Joseph A. Joel (1842-1906) is the publisher. A Jewish immigrant from England to Cleveland, Pvt. Joel enlisted in Co. F, served with Co. A, 23rd Ohio and was wounded at South Mountain in the Antietam Campaign. After the war Joel moved to Staten Island, NY and was a flag merchant, editor and publisher. The print is after a work by Peter F. Rothermel (1817-1895), "The Battle of Gettysburg", which has hung in the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg since 1965. Depicting Pickett's Charge at The Angle (The High Water Mark of the Confederacy), it is regarded as the largest Civil War battle scene ever painted on a single canvas.