Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection
September 13 - December 18, 2016
The Becker Archive in Boston, Massachusetts, contains approximately 650 previously undocumented drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. They observed, drew, and sent back for publication images of the Civil War, the construction of the railroads, the Indian wars, the Chicago fire, and other aspects of nineteenth-century American culture. There has been no major exhibition or scholarly survey featuring Civil War drawings since the 1961 centennial, and at that time the Becker Collection had not yet come to light.
Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection is the first opportunity for scholars and enthusiasts to see selections from this important and unknown collection and appreciate these national treasures as artworks. Part of this traveling exhibition will be displayed at the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley through a partnership that will bring Civil War-related artifacts from the Cavalry Museum to the Beach Museum of Art.
Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions. Drawings from the Becker Collection premiered at the McMullen Museum at Boston College in the exhibition "First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection" which was organized by the McMullen Museum and underwritten by Boston College and Patrons of the McMullen Museum.