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    FOUR FRANK H. SCHELL PEN & INK DRAWINGS AT ANTIETAM, 1862. A newspaper illustrator and lithographer, Francis (Frank) Schell became a noted illustrator of the Civil War for Frank Leslie's Illustrated News. He completed over 200 pictures that were published. His birthplace is unknown, and after the war, he settled in Philadelphia where he was in charge of the Art Department for Leslie's. He also pursued lithography and in this endeavor, had a thirty-year partnership with Thomas Hogan. Together they recreated many war-time depictions, relying on on-site, hastily done sketches. Many of their lithographs were of naval battles.

    Sketches by Frank Schell first appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, October 18, 1862. Burials crews at work on the Roulette Farm along Bloody Lane. Included in this lot are:
    One. Original battlefield pencil drawing 9" x 4.75" on paper, done at "The Cornfield" NW angle of the East Wood (likely done under fire), Antietam Sept. 17th 1862, by Schell, pencil drawing of soldiers watching the firing of cannon & a man standing with ram rod.
    Two. This pen & ink, 8" x 5", artist proof on card, of the Battery in action, was published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, and is from the sketch offered above. Verso in period pencil Vanneman's Battery in the famous "Cornfield"- NW angle of East Wood., Antietam Sept. 17th 1862. & also has a paper tag with No. "10743", Article. "Antietam", "F. Schell".
    Three. This pen & ink, 9.5" x 6.5", artist proof on card, of injured Civil War soldiers in a field hospital setting, they have one soldier lying on a make shift table, looks like they have just amputated his right leg, as other men hold him down. In the back ground, there appears to be an explosion. Signed on card "Frank H. Schell". Published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated News. Verso paper tag with No. "10741" Article. "Antietam" "F. Schell". It's a very detailed sketch.
    Four. This black & white painting 12" x 8", artist proof on card, beautiful painting of civil war officers leading his troops into battle, with their flags flying proudly and others troops cheering them on. In period pencil verso: "Major General Edwin Sumner commander of the 2nd Corp Army of the Potomac advancing with his staff about 10 A.M. into battle riding at the head of Sedgwick 2nd Division of the Corp after Hookers 1st Corps which opened the battle at daybreak by attacking Stonewall Jackson's forces in the 'West Wood' had been defeated. Wednesday, Sept. 17th 1862." This is a great rare set of Schell illustrations.
    Five. Century Magazine Article. This signed item describes his experience of sketching under fire at Antietam, and gives background color to all of the sketches that are enclosed in this lot.

    This is truly an historic collection, as all of these sketches were done on the battlefield, on the day of the battle or immediately thereafter.

    Condition: Very fine.


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