Civil War

Framed vintage print of Union Camp Brightwood in Washington, D.C., drawn by “deaf mute” artist, and regimental tailor, John Donovan, who has included himself sketching in this artwork

Lithograph titled “Camp Brightwood. / Col. Henry S. Briggs. / 10th Regt. Mass. Volunteers,” 28” x 21.5” (visible). Framed to 30.75” x 21.25”. Printed under the image at lower left, “John Donovan, Deaf Mute, DEL Oct 17th 1861,” at lower right, “Lith of Sarony, Major & Knapp, 449 Broadway N.Y.” Scattered light toning and foxing. Very good condition.

Created in 1861, this print is in the collection of the Library of Congress in its Prints and Photographs Division, the Boston Athenæum, and the Huntington Library, among other collections. It depicts the scene at a training camp of soldiers during the early days of the Civil War. Camp Brightwood was in the District of Columbia, set up to protect the nation’s capital. The artist, Private John Donovan was a member of Company A of the 10th Regiment. He had enlisted in Springfield, Mass., and was detailed as the regimental tailor. A self-taught artist, in his leisure time, he would draw. In fact, in this print, in the lower right, he has drawn himself seated and sketching this scene!.

From “Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents” (New York: Putnam, 1861/1862,” Volume 4. Frank Moore, Editor: “Tenth regiment Massachusetts volunteers, stationed at Camp Brightwood, Virginia, is a deaf mute, named John Donovan, who is regularly enlisted as a soldier and detailed as the regimental tailor … An accurate draft of Camp Brightwood, made by him, is in the hands of lithographers, and will shortly be issued. John was always spoken of in the highest terms of praise by the officers of his regiment, and, notwithstanding his infirmity, was fully equal, bodily and mentally, to the rank and file of the grand army of the Union…”


Item: 56933

Price: $1,000.00
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