VERY NICE 1870s COLORED ENGRAVING OF STONEWALL JACKSON

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Item Code: 846-367

This is a nicely framed colored engraving of Jackson produced and sold in the 1870s to raise funds for a memorial at VMI. A committee was formed in 1869 with ex-governor Letcher in charge, which contracted with New York based portrait engraver Adam B. Walter and publisher Bradley & Co. to produce this image, based on Jackson’s “Winchester” photograph. The inscriptions at the base of the print read: "Sold by authority of the Jackson Monument Association for the purpose of erecting a monument to the memory of General Thomas J. Jackson at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia." On either side at bottom are facsimile signatures of T. J. Jackson, S. Bassett French, and Gov. John Letcher.

Northern printmakers had not been able to take advantage of wartime southern demand for images of Confederate generals due to embargoes on commercial interaction, but found the “Lost Cause” profitable. These engravings were sold in large numbers beginning in 1871, though the Jackson Memorial Hall was not erected until 1896 and, ironically, later demolished in 1915 to make way for expanded cadet housing, though replaced the next year with a new structure now housing the chapel and museum.

This is ready to hang. The colors are strong and the condition is excellent. Jackson, of course, needs no introduction. Mourning and commemorative images of him began to be issued soon after his death from wounds received at Chancellorsville in 1863 and his fate became one of the big “what if’s” for a south trying to come to terms with the war and its outcome.  [sr] [PH:m]

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