War Scenes in Western Virginia
War Scenes in Western Virginia
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War Scenes in Western Virginia

J. NEP ROESLER, 1862

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War Scenes in Western Virginia
J. Nep Roesler, 1862
ROESLER, J. Nep (c. 1826-after 1862). [War Scenes.] Cincinnati: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co, [1862].

Set of striking lithographs showing "pioneering insight into packaging the visual image of the Civil War" (Neely and Holzer). Roesler was an Ohio artist serving in the 47th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and his work documents the 1861 western Virginia campaign which definitely severed West Virginia from the rest of the Old Dominion. Beyond the romanticized images of soldiers in their off hours, the plates are notable for their attention to the dramatic landscape of the region. America Pictured to the Life 56; Howes R-408 ("b"); Mark Neely & Harold Holzer, The Union Image, pp. 60-68.

Oblong portfolio (322 x 423mm). 19 lithographic plates (of 20, lacking plate "Thunder-storm (Big Sewell Mountain);" dampstained and with some spotting). Loose in custom solander box with original cloth boards laid in. Provenance: Sallie M. Cary, Lewisburg, Virginia (name written on inside of board in pigpen code and inscription on one plate).

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