Formerly attributed to Mathew B. Brady (American, born Ireland, 1823?–1896 New York)
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives
Panorama: 15.7 × 40.9 cm (6 3/16 × 16 1/8 in.)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1933
Not on view
This atypical Civil War panorama shows the artist looking over a split-rail fence at the Gettysburg battlefield where one of America's greatest armed conflicts raged for three bloody days. Brady, America's self-appointed photographic "historian," arrived at Gettysburg several days after the battle had ended (July 3, 1863) and after the last of the 7,500 dead had been buried. The photograph's misleading title is derived from the image's reproduction in Harper's Weekly three weeks after the battle. Current scholarship now confirms that Union General John F. Reynolds was shot by a Confederate marksman beyond the visible tree line known as McPherson's Woods, not in the wheatfield. Nonetheless, the view offers a rare glimpse of Brady in the field.
Loyal Legion, Boston Chapter, Commandery of the State of Massachusetts
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Thirty Photographers: A Selection from the Museum's Collection," April 12, 1969–June 1, 1969.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Old Faces and Places: American Photographs, 1845-1870," February 3, 2004–April 25, 2004.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," April 2, 2013–September 2, 2013.
Gibbes Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014.
New Orleans Museum of Art. "Photography and the American Civil War," January 31, 2014–May 4, 2014.
Eaton, Edward Bailey. Original Photographs Taken on the Battlefields: During the Civil War of the United States by Mathew B. Brady and Alexander Gardner. Hartford: E.B. Eaton, 1907. p. 11.