In Part IV of Chicago has art links to America’s Civil War, I review art that consists of architecture, people, an event and still life. The art consists of two, oil paintings, two photographs and a wood engraving. Chicago’s art links to America’s Civil War are through its art museums.
The first item in this review is an oil-on-canvas painting by Private Albert E. Myers of the Union Army. Although Chicago currently has a Douglas Park on Chicago’s, west side at 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, this was not the site of Camp Douglas according to the information included with this item. Camp Douglas was on Chicago’s, south side between Martin Luther King Drive and Cottage Grove Avenue, and 33rd street – 31st street. Consisting of somewhat light colors, this painting, which measures 19½ in. x 22¾ in.,, has a wide-angle view of this Union camp that contains its complete layout. This piece has the Realism Style, and is part of a Chicago History Museum collection.
The second item in this review is a photograph by an unknown photographer who worked for the D.F. Brandon Photography Studio. This photograph depicts 12 members of Morgan’s Raiders (a Confederate unit) staring at the camera. Of course, being prisoners, none of them are smiling. The photographer correctly positioned his subjects so that space is above them and on both sides. This photograph size is lacking missing, but it is Realism Style art. This photograph is part of a Chicago History Museum collection.
The third item in this review is a wood engraving on paper by Winslow Homer. This engraving depicts women tending to injured and/or dying soldiers. One of the women is washing clothes, and at least three of the women are sewing clothes. Text at the engraving’s top, bottom left and bottom right further explains Homer’s subjects. This engraving which measures 13⅝ in. x 20¾ in. (image) has the Realism Style. This is part of a collection in the Art Institute of Chicago.
The fourth item in this review is a photograph by the H.W. Immke. This photograph depicts some of the many people who participated or watched President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral as it passed through Chicago. This photograph began as photojournalism, which has the Realism Art style. No size dimensions are available in the information that accompanies this photo. This photo is part of a Chicago Public Library collection.
The fifth and final item in this review is an oil-on-academy board painting by William Sidney Mount. (My first thought when reading academy board is that it is material that an art academy supplies to its members or students.) The apples resemble thousands of other apples that I, and perhaps you, have seen in numerous, oil painting. However, the placement of these common fruit upon the bottom of tin cups makes this an interesting composition. This painting, which measures 6½ in. x 9 1/16 in., has the Realism style. It is part of Daniel J. Terra Collection, Terra Foundation for American Art.