The Civil War at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

ANTIQUES Staff

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July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has two exhibitions commemorating the event: “Photography and the American Civil War” and “The Civil War and American Art”; both to September 2.

Inspired by and using images from the photography exhibition, the Met’s artist in residence, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) , performed a new piece, “Civil War Symphony” for string ensemble with live-mixed electronic music and video.   

  • Fig. 1. Corporal Hiram Warner [1833 -1862], Company C, Second UnitedStates Sharpshooters, photographer unknown, 1861-1862. Sixth-plate tintype with applied color.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund, through Joyce and Robert Menschel © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

  • Fig. 2. Confederate corporal seated in a Gothic revival chair, photographer unknown, 1861-1865. Ninth-plate ruby glass ambrotype with applied color. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton.

     

  • Fig. 3. Political necklace with portraits after photographs by Mathew B. Brady and others, maker unknown, 1861-1865. Albumen silver prints set in carved vegetable ivory (tagua nut) disks, with modern stringing; diameter of portraits, 7/16 inch, overall length approximately 11 13/16 inches. The photographs depict Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America (center), Vice President Alexander H. Stephens (right), and Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge (left). Collection of Brian D. Caplan, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Fig. 4. Lieutenant William O. Fontaine, Company I, Twentieth Texas Infantry, photographer unknown, 1862-1865. Half-plate tintype with applied color. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton. 

  • Fig. 5. Confederate captain and manservant by A. J. Riddle (1828-1897), 1864. Albumen silver print carte de visite from glass negative, 3 by 2 ¼ inches. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton.

  • Fig. 6. The Pattillo Brothers (Benjamin, George, James, and John), Company K, “Henry Volunteers,” Twenty-second Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry,  photographer unknown, 1861-1863. Quarter-plate ruby glass ambrotype with applied color. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton.

  • Fig. 7. Confederate sergeant with a large Bowie knife and rifle, photographer unknown, 1861-1865.  Sixth-plate ruby glass ambrotype with applied color. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton. 

  • Fig. 8. Fincher Brothers, Company I, “Zollicoffer Rifles,” Forty-third Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee by Charles Henry Lanneau (active Columbus and Greenville, South Carolina, 1850-1863), 1863. Sixth-plate ambrotype with applied color. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton.

  • Fig. 9. Private Thomas Gaston Wood [1845-1861], Drummer, Company H, “Walton Infantry,” Eleventh Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, photographer unknown, 1861. Ninth-plate tintype with applied color. Collection of David Wynn Vaughan; photograph by Jack Melton.

  • Fig. 10. Young boy in a Zouave outfit with a drum by George S. Cook (1819-1902), 1861-1865. Sixth-plate ambrotype with applied color. Collection of Brian D. Caplan, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Fig. 11. Terre-plein and Parapet, Fort Sumter attributed to Alma A. Pelot, Charleston, South Carolina, April 15, 1861. Albumen silver print from glass negative, 5 ¼ by 9 ⅜ inches. New-York Historical Society, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Fig. 12. Hamilton’s Floating Battery Moored at the End of Sullivan’s Island the Night Before They Opened Fire upon Fort Sumter attributed to Alma A. Pelot and Jesse H. Bolles, Charleston, April 1861. Albumen silver print carte de visite from glass negative, 2 ⅛ by  3 ¼ inches. This is one of sixteen cartes de visite in an album titled “The Evacuation of Fort Sumter.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection © Metropolitan Museum of Art.