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Naval painter, Illustrator, Painter, Photographer, b. 1828 - d. 1891

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      • [CIVIL WAR]. WAUD, Alfred R. (1828-1891), artist. A group of 2 Civil War-period sketches of the Military Ball of the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac, February 1864.
        Nov. 30, 2023

        [CIVIL WAR]. WAUD, Alfred R. (1828-1891), artist. A group of 2 Civil War-period sketches of the Military Ball of the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac, February 1864.

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        [CIVIL WAR]. WAUD, Alfred R. (1828-1891), artist. A group of 2 Civil War-period sketches of the Military Ball of the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac, February 1864. 2 sketches, both pencil on brown paper, 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in., each titled and initialed in pencil "ARW." Titles include "The Supper Room" and "The Ganders." Both original, Civil War-period sketches by Waud that were published with other sketches of the same event in Harper's Weekly, 20 February 1864. (Sketches somewhat rough, with some wear, including uneven border along right edge of "The Supper Room," and loss in lower left corner of "The Ganders.") The rough sketches are accompanied by the original page from the Harper's Weekly featuring the published sketches. Provenance: David L. Hack Civil War Art Collection (sold Cowan's, 17 November 2017, lot 115). Noted battlefield artist Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) was born and raised in London. He studied at the Government School of Design at Somerset House before immigrating to the United States in 1850. Upon his arrival, Waud worked primarily as a freelance artist until May of 1861 when he was retained as a sketch artist and special correspondent by the New York Illustrated Newspaper to report on the war. At the close of 1861, Waud joined Harper's Weekly, where he was employed through the end of the war. He continued to work for Harper's Weekly in addition to a number of other publishers following the war and his career flourished. While touring battlefields in the South in 1891, Waud died in Marietta, GA. The Library of Congress houses most of his original wartime sketches, with some remaining in private hands. While the photographic process evolved rapidly from its inception in 1839 and the wet plate process of taking photographs was coming into widespread use by the start of the Civil War, it was a cumbersome process in the field as well as in the studio. More significantly, at that time, the photographs themselves could not be reproduced as illustrations accompanying written reports of the war. As a result, publishers of newspapers and other periodicals in major cities, primarily in the North, employed a number of sketch artists who traveled with armies to draw the scenes that they witnessed. These sketches, most frequently pencil on paper with brief identifications of people and places, were then sent back by courier to the periodical publishers. The battlefield sketches received by the publishers were then copied by engraving artists onto wooden blocks, which were used in printing presses to illustrate printed articles covering the war. Unlike the photographers of the day, who were limited to capturing the aftermath of battles, the sketch artists had the advantage of recording what they were witnessing as the events occurred before their eyes. In the 1880s, the popular Century Magazine started publishing the narratives of Civil War veterans and retained a large number of sketch artists to illustrate the articles. They used interviews, photographs, and prior war-date sketches to produce accurate pictorial representations of the war. These illustrated accounts were incorporated into a large four-volume work entitled Battles and Leaders of the Civil War in 1881. Almost a century later, in 1973, American Heritage Magazine acquired the collection of drawings that had been held by Century Magazine, which were subsequently reproduced in The American Heritage Century Collection of Civil War Art published in 1974. Christie's conducted two public auctions in 1988, which were comprised of the remaining original Century Magazine Collection of Civil War artwork that was dispersed by American Heritage Magazine, and a number of drawings by noted battlefield artists were previously acquired, including the examples offered today.

        Hindman
      • ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD (BRITISH-AMERICAN, 1828-1891) PORTRAIT OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE
        Jun. 17, 2023

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD (BRITISH-AMERICAN, 1828-1891) PORTRAIT OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD (BRITISH-AMERICAN, 1828-1891) PORTRAIT OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE, oil on canvas, an oval Civil War-era bust-length depiction of Lee in his uniform facing slightly to the left, signed and inscribed to verso "R E Lee / A. R. Waud / 1863". Housed in a period gilt and gesso oval frame. Dated 1863. 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" canvas, 11 3/4" x 9 3/4" OA. Catalogue Note: Alfred Rudolph Waud (1828-1891) was a British-born artist who studied at the School of Design at Somerset House in London as a young man. In 1858, Waud journeyed to the United States with his brother, William, and quickly found employ as an illustrator in the mid-19th century boom market for print media. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Waud joined forces with Harper's Weekly and other like publications as an artist-correspondent producing thousands of battlefield, portrait, and genre sketches over the course of the war. Waud, who was eventually named the most important artist-correspondent of the Civil War by Harper's, was embedded with Union forces from Bull Run to Appomattox and was a first-hand witness to some of the bloodiest battles in American History. Described in some sources as "armed to the teeth" during his time as a war correspondent, Waud was depicted in an 1861 photograph by Matthew Brady with a sketchbook in hand and a revolver and fighting knife tucked into his belt. What's more, Waud often traveled from skirmish to skirmish with Brady and his photographers in their curious wagon, where the two naturally developed a friendship as well as a working relationship in which Waud often relied on Brady Studio images to produce sketches for national publication. In fact, it is likely a Brady image of Robert E. Lee that Waud used as one of his models for the present composition. Indeed, at the time of Waud's death, his estate contained over 1,200 Civil War-period photographic images by Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and others. The present portrait likely comes from the collection of Fred Maloof, a wealthy 20th-century collector of historical art and artifacts, who owned Oxon Hill Manor, a historic property in Prince George County, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. An October 28, 1959 article in the Evening Star, a Washington, DC publication, describes an exhibit of objects from the Maloof Collection, among which is a "portrait of Gen. Lee ... signed and dated 1863 by Alfred R. Waud". The article goes on to state that Waud "was a close personal friend of the general", and while no direct connection between the two has been established, the artist is known to have been intimately involved in the close observation of all aspects of the war, with unprecedented access to both enlisted men and officers from both sides.  The appearance of the present portrait on the open market represents a rare opportunity to acquire an unrecorded likeness of an extremely important 19th-century figure by one of the period's most significant artists.

        Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
      • Alfred R Waud (American, 1828-1891) sketch "Sharpshooters 18th Corps", front, "Siege of Petersburg" and "Bivouac of the 5th Corps in...
        Dec. 14, 2021

        Alfred R Waud (American, 1828-1891) sketch "Sharpshooters 18th Corps", front, "Siege of Petersburg" and "Bivouac of the 5th Corps in...

        Est: $600 - $1,200

        Alfred R Waud (American, 1828-1891) sketch "Sharpshooters 18th Corps", front, "Siege of Petersburg" and "Bivouac of the 5th Corps in the Rifle Pits", pen and ink on board, signed "A.K.W", 14" x 9" sight, framed 21-3/4" x 26-3/4", very good condition

        William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals
      • Alfred Rudolph Waud (American/New York, 1828)
        Nov. 22, 2020

        Alfred Rudolph Waud (American/New York, 1828)

        Est: $75 - $100

        Alfred Rudolph Waud (American/New York, 1828-1891) , "The Moss-Gatherers", 1872-74, hand-colored engraving, initialed in plate lower left, from Picturesque America, sheet 9 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in., framed

        Neal Auction Company
      • Alfred R. Waud Original Sketch of Confederate Battery at Shipping Point, VA, Framed with Published Work in Harper's Weekly
        Nov. 19, 2020

        Alfred R. Waud Original Sketch of Confederate Battery at Shipping Point, VA, Framed with Published Work in Harper's Weekly

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891). Gouache and charcoal sketch, 14.125 x 2.25 in. (sight).  New Earthworks, Camp behind the trees, Battery at Shipping Point (half moon shape), Entrance to Quantico Creek. N.d., ca 1861. Framed with engraved print, 14.25 x 10.25 in. (sight).  The Rebel Batteries on the Potomac Now in Possession of Our Troops. Published in  Harper's Weekly March 22, 1862. Matted and framed to 20.25 x 20 in. An original sketch by battlefield artist Waud of the rebel batteries taken as part of the blockade of the Potomac. Included side by side with the engraved triptych print created from the print.Noted battlefield artist Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) was born and raised in London, where he attended the Government School of Design at Somerset House before immigrating to the United States in 1850. Upon his arrival, Waud worked primarily as a freelance artist until May of 1861 when he was retained as a sketch artist and special correspondent by the  New York Illustrated Newspaper to report on the war. At the close of 1861, Waud joined  Harper's Weekly, where he was employed through the end of the war. He continued to work for  Harper's Weekly in addition to a number of other publishers following the war and his career flourished. While touring battlefields in the South in 1891, Waud died in Marietta, GA. The Library of Congress houses most of his original wartime sketches, with some remaining in private hands. 

        Cowan's Auctions
      • ALFRED R. WAUD Monument Rock, New Mexico.
        Sep. 17, 2020

        ALFRED R. WAUD Monument Rock, New Mexico.

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        ALFRED R. WAUD Monument Rock, New Mexico. Pencil with white chalk heightening on blue wove paper, circa 1870. 90x110 mm; 3 5/8x4 3/8 inches. Initialed in pencil, lower left recto, and annotated in ink, verso. Ex-collection Mary Waud, wife of the artist; private collection, Connecticut. Waud (1828-1891) was an English artist who immigrated to New York in 1850 seeking work as a scenery painter for theater productions. After the Civil War broke out, Waud was hired by the New York Daily News and Harper's Weekly as a Union illustrator to create combat drawings that brought the realities of the war to readers at home. Waud travelled with the Army of the Potomac and witnessed each of the field army's battles, including most notably, the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, as well as the Battle of Gettysburg and Pickett's Charge in 1863, which few other illustrators witnessed. Veterans of the war lauded Waud for his accuracy and realistic illustrations of combat. Unlike most illustrators, Waud became well-known to the readership as an adventurous, physically imposing and rugged loner. After the Civil War ended, Harper's Weekly called for artists to show their readership 'the rising of a new world from chaos.' Waud depicted the Reconstruction of the South and gave the public an understanding of the nuanced political and social conflicts, including the experiences of African Americans who had just won their freedom. From the South, Waud went on expeditions to the American West. The current drawing is among his post-war oeuvre. Waud sent typical scenes, like cattle drives, rendered in illustrator's detail, back to Harper's Weekly, but also captured the diversity and gumption of the territory's inhabitants as well as studies of the magnificent landscape phenomena that abounded in the American West.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Alfred R. Waud Civil War Pencil Sketch of General Joseph Hooker and Staff
        Nov. 15, 2019

        Alfred R. Waud Civil War Pencil Sketch of General Joseph Hooker and Staff

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Pencil and gouache on brown paper, 6.75 x 12 in., laid down on slightly larger board. Titled in pencil in lower margin, " Genl. Hooker and his personal staff," with further inscription below, " Hooker / Major Lawrence / Col. Dickenson." Undated and unsigned but known to have been drawn by Alfred R. Waud. This drawing was reproduced as an expanded composition in Harper's Weekly, May 9, 1863, with the caption, " Major-General Hooker, Commanding the Army of the Potomac, and his Personal Staff - [From a Drawing by Mr. A.R. Waud]." The two-page spread from Harper's Weekly featuring the expanded scene is also included.  Noted battlefield artist Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) was born and raised in London, where he attended the Government School of Design at Somerset House before immigrating to the United States in 1850. Upon his arrival, Waud worked primarily as a freelance artist until May of 1861 when he was retained as a sketch artist and special correspondent by the  New York Illustrated Newspaper to report on the war. At the close of 1861, Waud joined  Harper's Weekly, where he was employed through the end of the war. He continued to work for  Harper's Weekly in addition to a number of other publishers following the war and his career flourished. While touring battlefields in the South in 1891, Waud died in Marietta, GA. The Library of Congress houses most of his original wartime sketches, with some remaining in private hands. 

        Cowan's Auctions
      • Alfred R. Waud. 1828-1891. Original watercolor Civil War Illustration of a Union Soldier washing clothes. S.L.R. Sight size: 22" x 16". Overall size: 28" x 23". Loss to frame.
        Apr. 28, 2018

        Alfred R. Waud. 1828-1891. Original watercolor Civil War Illustration of a Union Soldier washing clothes. S.L.R. Sight size: 22" x 16". Overall size: 28" x 23". Loss to frame.

        Est: $700 - $1,000

        Alfred R. Waud. 1828-1891. Original watercolor Civil War Illustration of a Union Soldier washing clothes. S.L.R. Sight size: 22" x 16". Overall size: 28" x 23". Loss to frame.

        Tremont Auctions
      • (2) FRAMED 19TH C. PRINTS
        Mar. 14, 2018

        (2) FRAMED 19TH C. PRINTS

        Est: $300 - $400

        (2) FRAMED 19TH C. PRINTS (2) Framed 19th c. Prints, including: 'New Orleans', hand colored steel engraving, drawn and engraved by Alfred R. Waud (NY, 1828-1891) and D. George Thompson (NY/UK, -1870), published in "Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In", D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1872-74, OS: 13" x 16", SS: 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", minor foxing; and Hand colored aquatint "A False Alarm on the Road to Gretna", after a painting by Charles B. Newhouse (UK, 1805-1877), engraved by R. Reeves, published by B. Moss & Co., Leman St., Goodmans Fields, OS: 18 1/2" x 23", SS: 15 1/2" x 20", foxing and toning.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • Archive of Alfred Waud Sketches and Notes, 50 plus items
        Aug. 05, 2017

        Archive of Alfred Waud Sketches and Notes, 50 plus items

        Est: $400 - $600

        Large archive of drawings and notes by the noted Civil War illustration artist Alfred Waud (1828-1891). Includes several sketches of people in period dress ranging from the 1600s-late 1800s, architectural drawings, Native American people and objects, Mexican places and artifacts, etc. There are 4 pen and ink drawings but the majority are rendered in pencil. Many seem to relate to a trip West (in 1886, Waud toured the Mississippi River Valley and the Dakota Territory). Some are captioned, including a floorplan titled Palace at Palenque, Iron Works at Pilot Knob (Ironton, Missouri), Canal Boats, etc. A couple are signed ARW, but most are unsigned. There are several notes referring to colonial missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd, suggesting Waud may have been planning to illustrate a book about him. Another scrap of paper refers to Harper's Weekly (Waud's employer) and is dated 1866. More than 50 illustrations total, ranging from 2" x 2" to 10" x 11". Circa 1866-1882. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography (Courtesy of John M. Cunningham): Alfred Waud was a British-born American artist and illustrator whose detailed sketches of scenes from the Civil War, which he covered as a press correspondent New York Illustrated News, captured the war’s dramatic intensity and furnished him with a reputation as one of the preeminent artist-journalists of his era. At the onset of the Civil War, he was dispatched to cover the Army of the Potomac, the main Union military contingent. As a "special artist" for the newspaper, Waud produced a series of quickly rendered sketches in the field-including depictions of the First Battle of Bull Run-which were then printed as engravings. He remained with the army after joining the staff of Harper’s Weekly magazine at the end of 1861 and went on to sketch scenes of the Battle of Gettysburg, among other significant military actions. After the war Waud continued to contribute sketches to Harper’s, documenting American life in locales ranging from the Reconstruction-era South to the western frontier. As a freelance illustrator, he contributed work to a number of publications, including the illustrated Picturesque America (1872-74). (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)

        Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
      • Jeromy Young (American/Louisiana, b. 1977)
        Dec. 11, 2016

        Jeromy Young (American/Louisiana, b. 1977)

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Jeromy Young (American/Louisiana, b. 1977), "The Moss Gatherers on the Mississippi", 2016, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left, after the 1872 engraving by Alfred R. Waud (British/American, 1828-1891), 25" x 37". Framed.

        New Orleans Auction Galleries
      • Alfred Rudolph Waud (attributed)
        Jun. 13, 2014

        Alfred Rudolph Waud (attributed)

        Est: $200 - $400

        Alfred Rudolph Waud (attributed) (New York, 1828-1891) THE OLD PRISON AT BEAUFORT SHOWING THE REMAINS OF THE STOCKS, WHIPPING POST & C..., c. 1865 graphite, framed, title inscribed lower center sight H4 1/2" W6" Provenance: Southern private collection

        Charlton Hall
      • Alfred Rudolf Waud, (American, 1828-1891), Abraham Lincoln
        Aug. 25, 2011

        Alfred Rudolf Waud, (American, 1828-1891), Abraham Lincoln

        Est: $400 - $600

        Alfred Rudolf Waud (American, 1828-1891) Abraham Lincoln watercolor signed A. R. Waud (lower right) 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches.

        Hindman
      • Alfred Rudolf Waud, (American, 1828-1891), Abraham Lincoln
        Jul. 28, 2011

        Alfred Rudolf Waud, (American, 1828-1891), Abraham Lincoln

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Alfred Rudolf Waud (American, 1828-1891) Abraham Lincoln watercolor signed A. R. Waud (lower right) 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches.

        Hindman
      • ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD, American, 1828-1891, Portrait of a soldier., Watercolor on paper, 7¼" x 5¼" oval. Framed.
        Apr. 08, 2011

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD, American, 1828-1891, Portrait of a soldier., Watercolor on paper, 7¼" x 5¼" oval. Framed.

        Est: $600 - $900

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD American, 1828-1891 Portrait of a soldier. Signed lower right "A.R. Waud". Provenance: Private Collection, California. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/4" x 5 1/4" oval. Framed.

        Eldred's
      • ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD, American, 1828-1891, "Hotel at White Oak 1872"., Ink and gouache on birch bark, 2½" x 2¾" sight. Framed.
        Aug. 06, 2009

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD, American, 1828-1891, "Hotel at White Oak 1872"., Ink and gouache on birch bark, 2½" x 2¾" sight. Framed.

        Est: $800 - $1,000

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD American, 1828-1891 "Hotel at White Oak 1872". Signed on reverse "A.R. Waud Hotel at White Oak 1872". Ink and gouache on birch bark, 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" sight. Framed.

        Eldred's
      • ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD, American, 1828-1891, Weathering the storm., Watercolor on paper, 12½" x 18" sight. Framed.
        Jul. 17, 2008

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD, American, 1828-1891, Weathering the storm., Watercolor on paper, 12½" x 18" sight. Framed.

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        ALFRED RUDOLF WAUD American, 1828-1891 Weathering the storm. Signed and dated lower left "A.R. Waud 1857". Watercolor on paper, 12 1/2" x 18" sight. Framed.

        Eldred's
      • FRAMED PAINTING
        Jul. 29, 2004

        FRAMED PAINTING

        Est: $5,000 - $10,000

        Shipping in a harbor, including schooners, full-rigged ship and steamships. Signed lower left "A.R. Waud.". Alfred Rudolph Waud (English/American, 1828-1891). Noted illustrator during the Civil War and acclaimed by Harper's Weekly "as the most important artist-correspondent of the Civil War". Later traveled in the south and west to the Rockies. Oil on canvas, 14" x 18".

        Eldred's
      • ALFRED R. WAUD American (1828-1891)
        Oct. 23, 2003

        ALFRED R. WAUD American (1828-1891)

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        gouache en grisaille, initialed lower left center.

        Shannon's
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