November 17, 2017 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


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Album Containing Original Artwork by Frederick Volck, Incl. Drawing of Stonewall Jackson on Little Sorrel

Quarto album, identified to Sarah Deidamia Heartt, (1853-1932), born in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, died in Catania, Sicily, Italy. The album contains original artwork by both Sarah D. Heartt and German-American artist Frederick Volck (1833-1891). The album is comprised mainly of pen & ink or pencil drawings (approx. 15), plus 8 large albumen photographs, including 6.75 x 8.5 in. hand-colored photograph of an old man, possibly a civil war veteran, 2 aerial views of a town or city, and 5 images of religious artwork and Italian architecture, each approx. 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

The main interest in the book is the original artwork by Frederick Volck, brother of Adalbert J. Volck (1828-1912), dentist, painter, and unofficial caricaturist of the Confederacy. The Volck brothers traveled to Baltimore to attend classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art. At the start of the Civil War, Frederick Volck journeyed to Virginia and was employed by the Confederate Naval Ordnance and Hydrography Department. In 1863, he was commissioned to produce a sculpture of General R.E. Lee by the Confederate War Department, with the hope that it would rally troops and Southern citizens around the Confederate cause. In May of 1863, following the death of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Volck took the death mask of Jackson and made a marble bust based upon it. He later received a commission to execute an equestrian monument of Jackson, and he was in Europe for that purpose when the Confederacy collapsed in 1865. Subsequently, the order was revoked by funding problems.

The album's centerpiece is a pen & ink drawing of Volck's “first colossal model” of "Stonewall" Jackson on Little Sorrel, signed lower left "F. Volck, mod., et del., 1865," 8 x 8.5 in. A penciled inscription on the reverse side reads, "Drawn from my first colossal model - Take good care of (?). Let it remind you of your (?)."

The album appears to include at least one additional pen & ink drawing signed by Volck showing a Revolutionary War-era soldier playing the flute in a fancy interior setting. The remaining drawings, which include formal portraits, character and animal studies, landscapes, and a noteworthy depiction of two men in the act of fighting, are either signed/initialed by Sarah D. Heartt, unsigned, or include an indiscernible signature. 

Condition:

Overall very fine condition, with the majority of drawings and photos tipped onto album pages, with some corners loose (as is the case with Jackson drawing, which can be lifted along bottom margin to reveal reverse inscription). 

Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,400
11/17/2017
 

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