Battle of Shiloh - April 6th 1862 / Cosack & Co. Lith. Buffalo & Chicago.
Print shows a roadway, possibly Corinth Road, separating the Union forces under the command of General U.S. Grant, on the right, and the Confederate forces on the left; in a shattered building, in the midst of the fighting, stands a "McCormick Harvester & Twine Binder", untouched by the cannon and musket fire. This advertising print copies a portion of Théophile Poilpot's painted panorama.
Q28368 U.S. Copyright Office.
French military painter Théophile Poilpot created a 400 by 50 foot panorama of the Battle of Shiloh for the city of Chicago in 1885. He interviewed several survivors and represented more than 2,000 individual faces from their carte de visite photographs. The panorama was later exhibited in Washington, D.C., but is now considered lost.
Caption continues: The "McCormick" machines come victoriously out of every contest, and without a scratch. Presented with compliments of McCormick Harvsting Machine Company.
Printed on lower right: Copied by special permission from the Panorama Painting on exhibition in Chicago.
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1885, by McCormick Harvesting machine Co., in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
Exhibited: "The Civil War in America" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2013-2014.
Chicago or: Chi-Town or Chitown, Chicagoland, The White City, City by the Lake, City of the Big Shoulders, City of Broad Shoulders, City of the Century, The 312, City on the Make, The City That Works, The Big Onion, City in a Garden, Hog-Butcher to the World, Beirut by the Lake, New York Done Right, Illville, I Will City, Paris on the Prairie, Sweet Home, Heart of America, The 773, The Alley Capital of America
Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, introduced the subject of colored lithography in 1818. Printers in other countries, such as France and England, were also started producing color prints. The first American chromolithograph—a portrait of Reverend F. W. P. Greenwood—was created by William Sharp in 1840. Chromolithographs became so popular in American culture that the era has been labeled as "chromo civilization". During the Victorian times, chromolithographs populated children's and fine arts publications, as well as advertising art, in trade cards, labels, and posters. They were also used for advertisements, popular prints, and medical or scientific books.