19/09/2020 - Drawing the War: correspondent artists, illustrated newspapers and authenticity. An online talk by Graham Whitham commencing at 13.00





A new communications technology has probably been invented before you finish reading this, but back in the mid-nineteenth century things were very different. Illustrated newspapers like Harper’s Weekly did what daily newspaper didn’t do – provide pictures. Teams of artists were employed during the Civil War to draw everything from life in army camps to battles and the drawings were then copied as engravings for the illustrated papers. It was a vast industry and presented a wealth of information that words alone couldn’t match.


The story of the artists, the drawings they made and the industry that published them is fascinating, but are these images reliable historical documents or journalistic hyperbole? Join Graham to see what you think.


Here is the link to the Zoom meeting. Cut and paste this link into your preferred browser.