1867 FULL COLOR LITHOGRAPH OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG STILL IN THE ORIGINAL FRAME

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This full color lithograph is a very large and impressive piece. The frame itself meas. approx. 35.50 x 29.75 inches. The frame is raised about 1.00 to 1.50 inches at center at center with a border approx. 2.75 inches wide all the way round. The frame is covered with plaster that has a raised decoration of leaves and scrollwork. This decoration is painted gilt which now has a dark patina throughout.

The lithograph itself meas. approx. 24.00 x 18.25 inches and is titled at bottom center “THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG” and below that in fine script is “RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED TO THE SOLDIERS OF THE UNITED STATES.” The lithograph was published in 1867 by Thomas Kelly and printed by William. C. Robertson, both of New York.

The scene is not identified other than being of Gettysburg. A close study seems to suggest it is a view of Pickett’s Charge. The view is from behind the Union line looking toward the South Mountain range. The fields in the distance are filled with gray figures moving toward a long line of Union soldier. The line belches forth white smoke from its muskets. The smoke then rises above the line and fills the sky. Along the line of infantry, regimental flags can be seen. Counting the flag shows that the line contains a Brigade at least. Behind the line are mounted officers, some on rearing and excited mounts and some that are staid. In the right foreground two regiments are rushing to reinforce the line while at left another regiment charges over an unmanned cannon. As they go an artillery shell explodes in the rear ranks billowing smoke and wounding two men, one throwing his arms in the air as he falls and another is on his knees. The center foreground depicts several dead and wounded men, one of which is a Rebel. This area also has a mounted General giving direction to an officer and pointing toward the battleline. He is surrounded by a few aides and cavalry escorts. No doubt this figure represents General Meade.

The colors of the lithograph are bright and excellent. The blue of the Union uniforms and the brown of some of the horses is deep and strong. The yellow flame coming from the infantry musket barrels stands out well against the white of the smoke and the red, white and blue of the National colors also stand out.

The lithograph is in very nice condition with some scattered light dirt from age and some minor discoloration in the white along the bottom edge. Upper right corner shows some signs of rubbing.

As stated above, this is really an impressive piece and would enhance any den, office or collection space.  [ad] [ph:m]

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