Portfolio of Civil War Portraits
Portfolio of Civil War Portraits

OF EHRGOTT, FORBRIGER & CO., 1863 OR 1864

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Portfolio of Civil War Portraits
of Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., 1863 or 1864
[EHROGTT, FORBRIGER & CO.]. Portfolio of Civil War Portraits. [Cincinnati, 1863 or 1864.]

An album of Civil War lithography. Perhaps in late 1861, and certainly by mid-1862, the Cincinnati lithographic firm of Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. began issuing a series of portraits of Civil War figures—politicians as well as army and navy officers. These prints, which the firm continued to issue as late as 1864, were of a type published by other lithographic firms of the day, such as Currier & Ives, E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, Gibson & Co., and J.H. Bufford. The subject was shown in an idealized setting, often with troops for the generals, ships for the admirals, and appropriately impressive surroundings for the politicians. Some of the early images issued by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. were chromolithographs or had tint stones, but later they were issued simply as uncolored lithographs. While of a familiar type of print, there are two particularly interesting aspects of these prints which do not apply to the other publisher's prints, viz. their use of repeated backgrounds and their being issued in bound portfolios.

Folio (407 x305mm). Thirty-seven lithographic plates, two in color (light foxing). Contemporary plain black buckram, rebacked in black morocco (light wear at extremities).

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