This print was engraved by Alexander Hay Ritchie after F.O.C Darley's painting. It was published by L. Stebbins, Hartford, CT, circa 1868. Ritchie was a prolific engraver of genre scenes, and engraved many scenes painted by Darley, who was the premier American illustrator of the 19th century.
This first edition print of "On the Match to the Sea" is a dramatic portrayal of General Sherman and his troops' notorious march through Georgia, which took place in 1864-1865. We see the destruction the Union troops left in their wake--burning a farm building, ripping up the train tracks, and rounding up cattle. In the foreground, freed slaves assist the Union soldiers. Beneath the main image, a small portrait of Sherman is centered in the caption.
This print is beautifully framed in to compliment and accentuate the vividness of the image itself. It is framed using the finest archival materials and techniques.
Framed dimensions: 31 1/4" H x 40 1/4" W x 1 1/2" D