Edwin Forbes, "Artillery Charge", circa 1880-1890, watercolor on board, 28" x 21" matted and framed to an overall size of 34" x 27", signed lower left "Edwin Forbes". The painting depicts a Union gun crew and a racing artillery limber pulling a field piece across a field littered with battle casualties and discarded equipment of war. This painting is published in the 2014 book The Grand Review: Lincoln, Grant & The Civil War in Art and Artifacts by Harold Holzer and frank J. Williams.
John Edwin Forbes (1839-1895), born in New York City, became a Civil War combat artist for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, joining the staff at age twenty-two in 1861. He was attached to the Army of the Potomac and was one of the youngest and one of the few artists who covered the entire war. He followed the Union Army from Cross Keys in the Shenandoah Valley to the battles at Manassas in 1862 and the siege of Petersburg in 1864. He had a strategic viewing spot to observe Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. While most of his illustrations were of the daily life of the soldiers, he also depicted battle scenes including the Second Battle of Bull Run, and Hooker's Charge at Antietam. He made quick sketches on the battlefields then refined these later into finished drawings and paintings.
Inventory Number: PAI 025