Collection of Civil War photos on display

A portrait of John McCall and Sam Foss, members of the 8th Connecticut  Volunteers, will be part of the exhibit.

A portrait of John McCall and Sam Foss, members of the 8th Connecticut Volunteers, will be part of the exhibit.

Help celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — one of the most famous speeches in U.S. history — by viewing a collection of Civil War photos, on exhibit now through Feb. 13 at Les Beaux Arts Gallery.

The gallery will display a collection of photographs from the Civil War. Images include battlefields, the depiction of corpses and wounded people, devastated towns and portraits of generals and soldiers, some of whom were from the state of Connecticut.

Through high resolution scans, the original negatives in the Library of Congress have been reprinted and presented in this exhibit. Arto Szabó, a photographer and archivist, researched, selected and reproduced the original photographs for the show.

Most of the photographs were taken under the supervision of the legendary Matthew Brady (1822-1896) who is best known for his documentation of the Civil War and is considered by many as the father of photojournalism, and Alexander Gardner (1821-1882) a Scottish photographer who emigrated to the United States in 1856 and became the chief Union Army photographer. Mr. Gardner is best known for his photographs of the battle of Gettysburg. Other photographers who documented the war were Timothy O’Sullivan, James Gibson, William Pywell and George Barnard.

The exhibition is of great historical significance, and is geared toward students and people interested in the history of the United States, according to the gallery.

Les Beaux Arts Gallery is located in the Round Hill Community Church at 395 Round Hill Road. The gallery is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed Saturday. The gallery will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

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