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Libby Prison Engraving, 1864

Finely detailed lithograph, 22.75 x 31 in., framed to 27 x 35.5 in. Officers of the United States Army and Navy Prisoners of War. Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. Cincinnati, OH: Ehrgott, Foriger & Co., ca 1864. Army officers listed first by rank, followed by short list of naval officers. Penned by Captain Robert J. Fisher of the 17th Missouri Volunteers during his imprisonment. The list is surmounted by a patriotic eagle and is surrounded by the name of each state in the Union. The print features oval vignettes in each corner depicting scenes of Libby Prison, Belle Island, and Castle Thunder, in Richmond, VA. Period ink inscription on bottom adds names of Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid prisoners: "R. Bartley Lieut. and US Signal Officers / Kilpatrick Raiders / in close confinement with negro soldiers / A.C. Litchfield Col. 7 Mich. Cav. / J.A. Clarke Capt. 7 Mich. Cav., E.T. Cooke, Lt. Col. 2 NY Cav." Ehrgott, Forbiger & Co. was a Cincinnati printing company noted for a series of over 70 lithographs of battle scenes that it produced during the Civil War. 

Condition:

Areas of light brown spotting/staining, with minor creasing at edges. Small raised area near center at left edge.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,763
10/31/2018

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