Gettysburg, John Bachelder, Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault at the Battle of Gettysburg
The Finest Civil War Engraving of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg
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John Bachelder’s Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault at the Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most well-crafted, let alone famous, engravings to come out of the war period.
In 1870, noted artist James Walker was commissioned by Gettysburg expert John Bachelder to paint an account of Pickett’s Charge, titled The Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault at the Battle of Gettysburg. This massive work measured 7.5 by 20 feet.
Bachelder wrote an accompanying guidebook and toured widely with the canvas, lecturing across the United States. In 1873, he published a guidebook to the battle, which was well received by the public. This expertly and intricately engraved print is based on that painting.
Also included is The Descriptive Key to the painting. These are tough to come by as over the decades they often got separated from the print. The key has a brief outline of the battle, showing the relative positions of the contending forces and a complete index of the officers and troops mentioned, and much more.
Very Good, with the always-present browning courtesy of the wood backing.
Bachelder, John, Historical Arranger] GETTYSBURG: THE REPULSE OF LONGSTREET’S ASSAULT. Boston: James Drummond Ball, (c1876). Engraved by Henry Hall. Original wood frame, enhanced by an inner gilt trim and an elaborate outer frame. Approximately 20 x 40 inches (sight); 49 x 28 inches (overall). ACCOMPANIED BY: DESCRIPTIVE KEY TO THE PAINTING OF THE REPULSE OF LONGSTREET’S ASSAULT AT THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG. New York: John Bachelder, 1870. 1 st .; 96 pages; folding key to the painting; facsimile letters.
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