Edwin Forbes Civil War etchings, 1876, 1985

9529

Collection Overview

Title:
Edwin Forbes Civil War etchings
Dates (Inclusive):
1876, 1985
Dates (Inclusive):
1876
Creator:
Forbes, Edwin
Creator:
Eakin, John M.
Abstract:
Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) was an American landscape painter, etcher and staff artist for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper best known for his sketches of military life during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The collection consists of 40 black and white etchings originally published by Forbes in 1876 as "Life Studies of the Great Army." The collection also includes the book "Civil War Etchings / Edwin Forbes," edited by William Forrest Dawson (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1985).
Collection Number:
9529
Size:
2 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) was an American landscape painter and etcher best known for his sketches of military life during the American Civil War (1861-1865). As a staff artist for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Forbes traveled with various contingents of the Union Army and was particularly interested in common soldiers' daily lives as well as more traditional subjects like generals and battles.

Following the war Forbes published two volumes of his military etchings: "Life Studies of the Great Army: A Historical Art Work in Copper Plate Etching Containing Forty Plates" (1876), whose plates comprise this collection; and "Thirty Years After: An Artist's Story of the Great War Told and Illustrated with Nearly 300 Relief-etchings after Sketches in the Field and 20 Half-tone Equestiran Portraits from Original Oil Paintings" (1891). Both volumes were well-received, especialy Life Studies, for which Forbes received a gold medal at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia (1876). General William T. Sherman also purchased a set of the Life Studies plates for his office in the War Department. In 1919 the Library of Congress acquired a large collection of Forbes' wartime work, including drawings, plates and the original impressions from Life Studies.

Forbes also illustrated three children's history books and participated in numerous etching clubs and exhibits prior to his decease in 1895.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in Forbes's original order by etching title.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

Copyright, where it persists, is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], Edwin Forbes Civil War etchings, RBM 9529, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by John M. Eakin in December, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Ali Zawoyski, December, 2013.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions from this collection are available online at http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/Forbes.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Forbes, Edwin
  • Eakin, John M.

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General note

This collection consists of 40 black and white etchings made by Edwin Forbes as a staff artist for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The etchings depict scenes of military life and were issued as a set without text entitled "Life Studies of the Great Army" in 1876.

The collection also includes the book "Civil War Etchings / Edwin Forbes," edited by William Forrest Dawson (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1985).

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Collection Inventory

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Forbes, Edwin
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