Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg

A work made of albumen print, pl. 41 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. 41 from the album "gardner's photographic sketch book of the war, vol. 1" (1866).

Date:

July 1863

Artist:

Alexander Gardner
American, born Scotland, 1821–1882

About this artwork

Alexander Gardner documented America’s Civil War, concentrating on scenes in camp as well as the tragic aftermath of fighting. After the war, in 1865, he published Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War, two volumes of 50 prints each accompanied by floridly written descriptions of the scenes he and his photographic staff had witnessed. At Gettysburg—one of the deadliest battles, and a turning point in the conflict—he made the now iconic photograph of a Confederate sharpshooter in his final resting place. In recent years this picture has invited controversy, as historians have argued that Gardner and his assistants, wishing to heighten the impact of the image, moved the corpse, also seen in another photograph in the Sketch Book, and that the gun was in fact the photographer’s and not the soldier’s.

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Artist

Alexander Gardner

Title

Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg

Origin

United States

Date

1863

Medium

Albumen print, pl. 41 from the album "Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, vol. 1" (1866)

Dimensions

17.7 x 22.9 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Everett Kovler

Reference Number

1967.330.41

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