Edwin Forbes Plate No 32 Engraving Gone Off with the Yanks / A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey / A Scouting Party / An Old Campaigner This unframed print measures 24" x 20" is titled "Going into Camp at Night" and is Plate No. 32 out of 40. It is signed in the lower right corner, "E Forbes." In excellent condition this is an original engraving from his portfolio. Four separate scenes are depicted.
In 1861 he was hired as a staff artist for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper where he covered the Army of the Potomac from 1862 to 1864. With his primary interest being that of recording the everyday activities of soldiers, Forbes would making quick sketches on the battlefield and later refine them with great detail. The sketches were sent back to New York where copper plate etchings were made from the detailed drawings. His drawings were published in Leslie's newspaper and in 1876, Forbes made etchings of his own illustrations and published them in portfolio form on better quality paper as Life Studies of the Great Army: A Historical Art Work in Copper Plate Etching Containing Forty Plates. His work, considered to be the finest drawings of the Civil War, is now preserved in the War Office at Washington D.C. because of the historic significance and value. Less than 200 of these superb large size etchings were ever made.
His Life Studies of the Great Army would go on to receive an award at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. After his death the Library of Congress acquired Forbes originals through a gift of John Pierpont Morgan in 1919. They included about 300 drawings as well as forty-three etched plates and the original impressions used in Life Studies of the Great Army.
Inventory Number: SCU 014