Edwin Forbes (American 1839-1895)
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″
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.