Original Kurz and Allison Print of the Battle of Five Forks



Battle of Five Forks – Charge of the Fifth Corps on Pickett’s troops, April 1, 1865

Original Kurz and Allison Print of the Battle of Five Forks - Kurz and Allison were a major publisher of chromolithographs in the latter quarter of the 19th century. Based at 267-269 Wabash Avenue in Chicago, they built their reputation by publishing large, colorful prints, released in the mid-1880s depicting battles of the American Civil War. The company tried to capitalize on the sentiments of Civil War veterans, by publishing a set of thirty-six battle scenes. These highly fanciful, albeit not accurate, designs were created by Louis Kurz (1835–1921), a native of Salzburg, Austria. Kurz had emigrated to the United States in 1848 and served in the Union Army during the war. While the prints were highly inaccurate and considered naive fantasies, comparable to prints by Currier and Ives, they were still sought after by many late 19th century Americans. The prints were not intended to mirror actual events, but rather attempted to evoke people’s patriotic emotions.

This print, an idealized depiction of the Battle of Five Forks, Va., is an original Kurz and Allison print, copyright dated 1886. Its colors remain vivid, with the print in overall fine condition. It is currently framed, but certainly could be moved to a more pleasing frame. The print itself measures as follows: W – 30”; H – 24”

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