Field Where General Reynolds Fell, Gettysburg

A work made of albumen print, pl. 37 from the album "gardner's photographic sketch book of the war, vol. 1" (1866).
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  • A work made of albumen print, pl. 37 from the album "gardner's photographic sketch book of the war, vol. 1" (1866).

Date:

July 1863

Artist:

Timothy O’Sullivan
American, born Ireland, 1840–1882

About this artwork

Along with Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan was one of the primary photographers of the American Civil War. Using wet-plate glass negatives, a cumbersome and labor-intensive technology that did not allow for images of active battle, O’Sullivan concentrated on the war’s harrowing aftermath. This photograph depicts a scene following the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the war’s bloodiest confrontations, in which thousands of men on both sides lost their lives. The lifeless, exposed bodies of the six soldiers who appear in the photograph had been picked over by survivors searching for shoes and other valuables. This image was among 44 of O’Sullivan’s photographs included in Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War, one of the first published collections of Civil War photographs.

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Artist

Timothy O'Sullivan

Title

Field Where General Reynolds Fell, Gettysburg

Origin

United States

Date

711863–7311863

Medium

Albumen print, pl. 37 from the album "Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, vol. 1" (1866)

Inscriptions

Printed recto, on album page, along bottom edge, below image, in black ink: "Negative by T. H. O'SULLIVAN. Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1866, by A. Gardner, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia. Positive by A. GARDNER, 511 7th St., Washington."; printed recto, on album page, lower center, in black ink: "FIELD WHERE GENERAL REYNOLDS FELL, GETTYSBURG. / No. 37. July, 1863."; unmarked verso

Dimensions

17.7 x 22.9 cm (image/paper); 31.1 x 44.6 cm (album page)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Everett Kovler

Reference Number

1967.330.37

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