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Frank Leslie's Portrait Pictorial

Frank Leslie
Unidentified Artist
Frank Leslie, 1821 - 1880
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
George Brinton McClellan, 3 Dec 1826 - 29 Oct 1885
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Louis Blenker, 12 May 1812 - 31 Oct 1863
Benjamin Franklin Butler, 5 Nov 1818 - 11 Jan 1893
William Selby Harney, 22 Aug 1800 - 09 May 1889
Franz Sigel, 18 Nov 1824 - 21 Aug 1902
William Starke Rosecrans, 6 Sep 1819 - 11 Mar 1898
c. 1862
Wood engraving on paper
Image/Sheet: 83.2 × 59.1 cm (32 3/4 × 23 1/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Illustrated news publications
At the start of the Civil War, the major illustrated news publications—Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, and the New York Illustrated News—were all northern enterprises engaged in telling their side of the war. The South had no comparable news organ until September 1862, when E. W. Ayres and W. H. Wade of Richmond began publishing the Southern Illustrated News. Because paper, ink, and printing presses were just a few of the South’s many scarcities, editors scrambled to produce weekly editions of the paper. Foremost was the challenge of finding good engravers to carve the illustrations into blocks of wood, which were then inked and printed on paper. The news pages on display here represent the papers of Ayres and Wade, and Frank Leslie.
President Abraham Lincoln and Union generals in Frank Leslie’s Portrait Pictorial, c. 1862
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