FRAMED ORIGINAL PRINT OF “GETTYSBURG – LONGSTREET’S REPULSE” WITH FRAMED KEY AND BOOKLET

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Presented here is an 1876 engraving of John B. Bachelder and James Walker’s Gettysburg: The Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault. The engraved scene depicts the decisive battle on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Researched by the photographer and topographer John B. Bachelder and painted by James Walker, the original painting was created in 1870. This detailed engraving was done by H. B. Hall Jr.

Otherwise called Pickett’s Charge, the battle occurred on July 3, 1863. Pickett’s Corps commander, Lieutenant General James Longstreet was placed in charge of the attack despite his hesitations. Longstreet’s central role led to the title of the work, Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault. In an attempt to gain control of an important supply route, nine Confederate brigades charged across three-quarters of a mile of open ground against cannon fire to take Cemetery Ridge from the defending Union Army. Despite their overwhelming numbers, the Confederate forces were repelled with considerable casualties marking not only a decisive victory for the Union, but also the beginning of the slow defeat of Lee’s Army. The furthest the charging forces advanced before being repulsed would forever be known as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy.”

The engraving gives the perspective from the Union rear, one that encompasses most of the battlefield, from Big Round Top on the left to the northern reaches of Cemetery Ridge on the right. The Confederate lines at Seminary Ridge are in the far distance, partially obscured by bursting shells. The image centers on the main Confederate assault, in the vicinity of what today are known as "The Copse of Trees" and "The Bloody Angle." The composition has elements of a classic triptych, with General Meade and his officers dominating the center, flanked on either side by artillery advancing into the fray. These are set against the whirlwind of battle, with Union units rushing forward to meet the Confederate advance, and dead and wounded men, horses, and the debris of battle scattered on the field.

Bachelder exhaustively researched this battle and hoped that, along with James Walker, their work would become as famous and widely celebrated as the painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Leutz. To achieve his goal, Bachelder studied the landscape and consulted both Union and Confederate soldiers to ensure the accuracy of his work. After Walker painted it with precise technical detail, several officers present on that day agreed that it was a fantastic depiction of the event. Even General James Longstreet wrote that the painting was a “fair and complete representation of that eventful scene.” Shortly after the painting was produced, Bachelder had engravings published. His research and collaboration with Walker had a profound influence on the country’s memory of Gettysburg.

Overall, the item is in good condition. Steel engraving with etched detail, uncolored. Impression is strong and paper a water stain in the lower right corner as well as two vertical lines caused by the wood backing. There is also some light silverfish tracking on the borders. Frame is original to the period. Wood backing has had foamcore placed between it and the print for protection.

Framed Dimensions are 45.00 x 24.50 inches.

With the print is a nicely framed key which you almost never see. The key also looks to be in the original period wood frame and meas. 20.00 x 14.00 inches. Lower right corner has a repaired teat.

Also present is the hard to find pamphlet titled “GETTYSBURG. DESCRIPTION OF THE PAINTING OF THE REPULSE OF LONGSTREET’S ASSAULT PAINTED BY JAMES WALKER. HISTORICAL ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION BY JOHN B. BACHELDER, A.M.” Folded inside the front cover is another key to the painting like the one that is framed. Pamphlet runs approx. 60 pages and is paper bound. Covers show light wear and some chipping. Interior is very good.

A rare and hard to find set.  [ad] [ph:L]

Note: Pick up at the shop would be recommended to avoid damage in shipment; we will ship upon request - extra shipping charge will be necessary. The frame does contain plexiglass and not glass.


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