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Emil Smith sketchbook, ca. 1860-1870

1 volume

The Emil Smith sketchbook, titled "Specimens of Designs for Carving in Ivory," contains pencil drawings of decorative picture frames, canes, swords, and hand-mirrors, as well as deer, dogs, and scenes of Civil War camps and soldiers. Included in the sketchbook are lithographs of various cities and buildings in Germany.

The Emil Smith sketchbook contains 38 pages filled with pencil drawings and pasted lithographs. The inside cover includes a modern reprint of a carte-de-visite of a soldier holding a bugle, identified as Lou Smith. The first page indicates that the sketchbook belonged to Emil Smith, which he titled, "Specimens of Designs for Carving in Ivory." This page also includes an image of Lady Columbia about to stab a cougar, along with a note that Emil Smith was a member of Company G of the 39th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Many of the sketches are of deer and dogs and decorative frames with leaves and vines. There are also sketches of a woman wearing gold jewelry, anatomical sketches of arms and legs, an angel in a cup, female hair pieces, and the handles of swords and canes. Of note are multiple sketches depicting various scenes of the Civil War, including a bird's-eye view of Camp Dennison near Cincinnati, Ohio, unidentified barracks, a scene of camp life titled "Fair Ground Near Memphis," and a sketch of an African American soldier. The sketch of the soldier is based on an illustration from Harper's Weekly from July 2, 1862. The article accompanying the illustration, "The Escaped Slave and the Union Soldier," describes the life of an escaped slave from Montgomery, Alabama who joined the Union Army. The soldier's name was not mentioned in the article, however, the soldier has later been identified as Hubbard Pryor.

Also included in the sketchbook are many lithographs of water scenes, city buildings, castles, and cathedrals in various locations in Germany, including Andernach, Bacharach, Koblenz, Mainz, Nonnenwerth, Wiesbaden, and Worms.


Shadowed Liveries of ye Burning Sun, 1861-1890

1 volume

Shadowed Liveries of ye Burning Sun is a carte-de-visite album containing pictures of monuments, buildings, and people in present-day Belgium, Germany, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

Shadowed Liveries of ye Burning Sun is a carte-de-visite album (16cm x 12cm) containing 47 pictures of monuments, buildings, and people in various European countries; one additional item is an unidentified silhouette. The volume's red pebbled cover has a metallic gold border and raised geometric designs; the book also has two metal clasps. A formal title, "Shadowed Liveries of ye Burning Sun. Animum Pictura Pascit Inani," is written in red and blue Gothic letters on the first page. With the exception of a silhouette and studio portrait at the back of the album, each photograph is captioned with its location and subject; the captions are written in red Gothic letters.

Most of the photographs show religious buildings, statues and memorials, castles, natural scenery, and street scenes in numerous cities and towns in present-day Germany, Belgium, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Some of the pictures were taken in large cities and others in German spa towns. Monuments include statues of prominent German historical figures and memorials at Waterloo. Pictures from Scotland show Lochs Ness and Lomond, as well as several castles, and one view from Frankfurt features the Hauptsynagoge, which has since been destroyed. The album contains six portraits of men and women in Belgium and in Bad Oeynhausen and Minden, Germany, including one of a female lace maker, two of women in "Antwerp costume," and three of boys and girls in "gala costume" posing next to a spinning wheel, with vibrant hand coloring. Two other items show a woman standing next to a milk cart and a man standing next to a bread cart, both pulled by dogs. The subjects of the silhouette and final studio portrait are unidentified. The silhouette is dated January 31, 1890. The studio portrait was taken in a Dublin studio.