Large archive of drawings and notes by the noted Civil War illustration artist Alfred Waud (1828-1891). Includes several sketches of people in period dress ranging from the 1600s-late 1800s, architectural drawings, Native American people and objects, Mexican places and artifacts, etc. There are 4 pen and ink drawings but the majority are rendered in pencil. Many seem to relate to a trip West (in 1886, Waud toured the Mississippi River Valley and the Dakota Territory). Some are captioned, including a floorplan titled Palace at Palenque, Iron Works at Pilot Knob (Ironton, Missouri), Canal Boats, etc. A couple are signed ARW, but most are unsigned. There are several notes referring to colonial missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd, suggesting Waud may have been planning to illustrate a book about him. Another scrap of paper refers to Harper's Weekly (Waud's employer) and is dated 1866. More than 50 illustrations total, ranging from 2" x 2" to 10" x 11". Circa 1866-1882. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography (Courtesy of John M. Cunningham): Alfred Waud was a British-born American artist and illustrator whose detailed sketches of scenes from the Civil War, which he covered as a press correspondent New York Illustrated News, captured the wars dramatic intensity and furnished him with a reputation as one of the preeminent artist-journalists of his era. At the onset of the Civil War, he was dispatched to cover the Army of the Potomac, the main Union military contingent. As a "special artist" for the newspaper, Waud produced a series of quickly rendered sketches in the field-including depictions of the First Battle of Bull Run-which were then printed as engravings. He remained with the army after joining the staff of Harpers Weekly magazine at the end of 1861 and went on to sketch scenes of the Battle of Gettysburg, among other significant military actions. After the war Waud continued to contribute sketches to Harpers, documenting American life in locales ranging from the Reconstruction-era South to the western frontier. As a freelance illustrator, he contributed work to a number of publications, including the illustrated Picturesque America (1872-74). CONDITION: Good condition overall with general toning and some with small tears including several partial pages. Refer to photos.
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