Edwin Forbes

(American 1839-1895)

Camera equipment was too heavy and cumbersome to be carried into battle to document the Civil War, which created the need for “Special Artists.” The “Special Artists” brought a pad and paper to sketch scenes from the front lines that could be turned into engravings for publication in newspapers. At 22 years old, Edwin Forbes, was assigned as a “Special Artist” to cover the war. While other artists focused on the more exciting scenes such as battles and generals, Edwin Forbes focused on the day-to-day life of the soldiers. In 1876, Edwin Forbes created his famous series of 40 etchings, Life Studies of the Great Army, which won him a gold medal at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition the same year.

Read an article about Edwin Forbes in The Antique Trader Weekly here.

 

Edwin Forbes
Original Civil War Etching Coming into the Lines

Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Plate: 30
Image Size: 10.75″ x 16″
Frame Size: 21.75″ x 25.75″
Date: 1876

Edwin Forbes
Original Civil War Etching Coffee Coolers

Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Plate: 12
Image Size: 10.75″ x 16″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes
Original Civil War Etching The Distant Battle

Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Plate: 25
Image Size: 7″ x 16″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes 
Original Civil War Etching The Reliable Contraband

Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Plate: 23
Image Size: 10.75″ x 16″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes 
Original Civil War Etching The Sanctuary

Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Plate: 40
Image Size: 10.625″ x 15.625″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes 
Original Civil War Etching A Christmas Dinner

Special edition printed in sepia ink and signed by Mrs. Edwin Forbes.

Pencil Signed: Mrs. Edwin Forbes
Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Image Size: 11″ x 16″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes 
Original Civil War Etching The Leader of the Herd

Signed within Plate: E Forbes
Plate: 7
Image Size: 10.75″ x 15.75″
Frame Size: 21.75″ x 25.75″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes 
Original Civil War Etching Vignette of 5 Images

Vignette Titles: A Slave Cabin, The Old Grist Mill, Sam, Got Any Pies for Sale Aunty?, Apicaninny

Signed with Plate: E Forbes
Below Image: Copy-righted 1876 by E Forbes
Plate: 10
Image Sizes: Various
Plate Size: 10.75″ x 16″
Date: 1876
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Edwin Forbes 
Original Civil War Etching The Newspaper Correspondent News of the Battle

Vignette Titles: A Slave Cabin, The Old Grist Mill, Sam, Got Any Pies for Sale Aunty?, Apicaninny

Signed with Plate: E Forbes
Below Image: Copy-righted 1876 by E Forbes
Plate: 10
Image Sizes: Various
Plate Size: 10.75″ x 16″
Date: 1876
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