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MS Am 1585

Vizetelly, Frank, 1830-1883. Frank Vizetelly drawings, 1861-1865: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Am 1585
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Vizetelly, Frank, 1830-1883.
Title: Frank Vizetelly drawings,
Date(s): 1861-1865 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.5 linear feet (32 items in 6 portfolio boxes)
Language of materials: Collection in English.
Abstract: Drawings by artist and British war correspondent, Frank Vizetelly, of American Civil War scenes. Includes a few of Vizetelly's drawings of military subjects in Europe and also one drawing by artist and war correspondent, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph) Waud.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

99M-47. Gift of Colonel John Glas Sandeman, Whin Hurst, Hayling Island, England; received: 23 Sep. 1902. Recataloged from: US 6095.17PF*

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Biographical / Historical

Frank Vizetelly was an artist and British war correspondent for "The Illustrated London News" (ILN) serving in Italy, in Spain, in the American Civil War, in Austria, and later in Egypt. He was one of the few reporters who served his paper within the Confederate lines during the American Civil War, reporting pictorially from the South and known as a newspaper "special artist." He disappeared during a British military disaster in the Sudan in November of 1883.


For additional information see: William Stanley Hoole. "Vizetelly covers the Confederacy", pub. in Confederate Centennial Studies, No. 4. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Confederate Pub. Co., 1957. National Gallery of Art (U.S.). The Civil War; a centennial exhibition of eyewitness drawings. Washington, 1961.


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Scope and Contents

29 drawings are scenes of the American Civil War and 3 are of military subjects in Europe. Drawings of the Civil War include the artist's pencil notes on the back describing persons, places, and events. One Civil War drawing is by artist and war correspondent, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph) Waud (1828-1891).

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