Historical drawings highlight the Civil War

December 18, 2013 by  

The exhibition of ‘Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection’ began this month in Pittsburgh and it will be showing until well into January. It is a presentation of the Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions of Pasadena, California.

This year marked the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and this show helps to illustrate what everyday life was like for the soldiers who fought in that and other Civil War battles. On display in the exhibit are 100+ drawings that appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. The illustrators and journalists, most often the same person, travelled with the troops and witnessed the war first hand; much like today’s journalists. Since photography was a relatively new invention at the time, drawings were the only way for the public to see what was happening. There are also illustrations from other journals and magazines of the era.

Seeing these historic drawings will no doubt help people understand more about the Civil War, and may also interest those who work for graphics or printing companies in the Pittsburgh area. It could inspire them to create work that will be just as compelling to the general public by seeing what was used in the past to capture their imagination.

The show is running at the Frick Art and Historical Center until January 12, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and is free to attend. To learn more about the exhibition, call 412-371-0600.