eBay
  • Daily Deals
  • Sell
  • Help & Contact
  • Health and Fitness

This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.
This seller is currently away until 02 Feb, 2015. If you make a purchase, there may be a delay in processing your order.

 
Posts to:
Worldwide
Delivery:
Please allow additional time if international delivery is subject to customs processing.
 
Posts to:
Worldwide

Details about  1865 CHICAGO PRE FIRE CIVIL WAR AFRICAN AMERICAN CHALK LITHOGRAPH ART ANTIQUE

See original listing
1865 CHICAGO PRE FIRE CIVIL WAR AFRICAN AMERICAN CHALK LITHOGRAPH ART ANTIQUE
1865-CHICAGO-PRE-FIRE-CIVIL-WAR-AFRICAN-AMERICAN-CHALK-LITHOGRAPH-ART-ANTIQUE
Item Ended
Item condition:
Used
Ended:
08 Nov, 2014 01:51:00 GMT
Price:
US $9,999.99
 
Approximately £6,655.35(including postage)
Postage:
US $29.99 (approx. £19.96) USPS First Class Mail Intl / First Class Package Intl Service | See details
International items may be subject to customs processing and additional charges.  help icon for delivery - opens a layer
Item location:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

More chances to get what you want Feedback on our suggestions

Description

eBay item number:
140897358143
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.

Item specifics

Condition:
Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
 

Evolving Art and Antiques

Visit my eBay Shop  
 An original chalk-manner stone lithograph (with ink and watercolor) dated by me to approximately 1864 or 1865 and possibly by well-known artist Louis Kurz.  I have information indicating that this company was founded in either 1864 or 1865 and closed after the Great Fire of 1871.  The piece measures approximately 9 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches and has a few condition issues as pictures but easily fixed.  There is also a small tear on the bottom right lower third side.  Mr. Kurz was famous for his Civil War chromolithographs while partnered as part of Kurz and Allison.  These images were pro Union and sympathetic to the African American cause.  I would say the title “Long Drawn Out” refers to both the Civil War and the African American struggles.  Rising from a basement, an apparent weary African American soldier with aged and civilian symbolism is relieving the  younger generation (as shown by the tooth pull) and bringing hope.  It appears the juvenile nature of the reclined man represents hope for a greater future as well.  All this is just my take and I’m interested to hear any other opinions.  Thanks for looking at this rare item and please read some great selections from a University of Iowa article re: Kurtz and Allison.  

The Chicago Lithographing Company, established in 1864 by Louis Kurz and several partners and reorganized by Edward Carqueville and Charles Shober after the Chicago fire of 1871, printed Camille N. Drie’s view of Galveston in 1871 as well as D. D. Morse’s views of Fort Worth and McKinney.  www.birdseyeviews.org Amon Carter Museum

Civil Rights in Popular Prints: Kurz and Allison’s Civil War Series Barbaranne E. Mocella Liakos, University of Iowa Montage April 2008

Kurz was born in Austria and moved to Milwaukee with his family as a youth. He later moved to Chicago, where in 1865 he co-founded the Chicago Lithographing Company. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Kurz returned to Milwaukee where he founded the American Oleograph Company the next year. In 1878 he again returned to Chicago where he would pass the rest of his life. He continued at the firm of Kurz and Allison until his death in 1921.

As a group the prints represent black Americans as equals to their white Union counterparts, and as more able, or—as in the case of the Fort Pillow Massacres— more human than their white Confederate enemies. Pro-Union publications usually characterized Union militia, both black and white soldiers, as superior to Confederate, but multiple depictions of blacks as equally able to fight is unique in print sets of this time.24 Kurz and Allison’s predisposition towards scenes representing the strength and resolve of black soldiers over and above a need for accuracy shows how committed the firm was to advancing the larger discourse surrounding civil rights.

During the Civil War the majority of Chicago residents were pro-Union. This was not an overwhelming majority, however, and anti-Union, anti-abolitionist rhetoric was also evident.
In Rally ‘Round the Flag: Chicago and the Civil War author, Theodore Karamanski, explains that, “Although southerners often denounced the city as a ‘nigger loving town’ and a den of ‘Black
Republicanism,’ Chicago was not strongly abolitionist.”45 But, like other northern cities, there were various abolitionist groups and small free black communities. In a paper read before the Chicago Historical Society in 1890, Union supporter Augustus Harris Burley noted angrily, “ . . . we were surrounded by traitors in Chicago, and a large proportion of the people of Southern Illinois sympathized with the South . . . . ”46 Kurz and Allison’s images of Black soldiers, however, refuted the notions of the “traitors” and supported the calls for abolition.  In the mid nineteenth century Chicago was becoming a booming metropolis. During the war years the population grew from 110,000 to 190,000.47 By the 1890’s the number was 1,100,000.  Blacks made up a small percentage of this population, but their numbers continued to rise steadily due to migration from the South. Karamanski writes, “The streets thronged with newcomers drawn to the city by its reputation for commercial opportunity and its open throttle attitude towards the future.”49 This reputation was surely the draw for Louis Kurz who sought to break into the printing industry. Unlike eastern states involved in the war, the conflict actually helped to strengthen the economy of the windy city.

The two main ethnic groups in the city were Germans and the Irish. The two had been political allies for many years until 1860 when the Germans in Chicago backed Lincoln for president.  The need for jobs increased the tension between the two immigrant  groups. The Irish generally made up the blue collar work force at  the time, while the Germans were skilled tradesmen and middleclass  shopkeepers much like Kurz.50 The Irish had come to  America for economic reasons, and the Germans left their home country for political ones. Karamanski explains, “For the Germans, slavery was an insult to democratic ideals, while emancipation was perceived as a potential economic threat to the less well off Irish.”

Kurz was Austrian, not German, however it is probable that his loyalty lay with his fellow shopkeepers and German speakers and consequently with the abolitionists. Although blacks were the lowest in the immigrant hierarchy, newcomers of all backgrounds were often socially restricted in the same ways. Perhaps Kurz felt a kinship to blacks for this reason also. Illinois’ so called “black laws” did, however, deny Blacks basic civil rights and forced free Blacks to provide proof of their status. In an editorial in Harper’s Weekly George William Curtis compared Illinois to several slave states, “The black laws of Illinois, although Illinois is a free State, were as much a part of the  code of slavery as any slave law of Arkansas or Mississippi . . . . ”  The black laws were finally repealed in 1864 due to considerable public petitions circulated and signed to influence the state legislature.

Through the skillful and sympathetic inclusion of imagery containing heroic black figures Kurz and Allison and their Civil War print series became active participants in the ongoing war— after The War—to give black Americans the civil rights they so rightly deserved.


On Aug-29-11 at 18:53:18 PDT, seller added the following information:

Questions and answers about this item

No questions or answers have been posted about this item.




01508

Submit bid

Time left:
Current bid:
(Approximately ##1##)
Postage:
Import charges:
Your maximum bid:
Your maximum bid:
Please read the full listing. By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. You will enter a binding contract.
By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Postage Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
Cancel
Loading...
Resume bidding, if the page does not update immediately.
Submit bid
Review and confirm your bid
Bid confirmation
d
h
m
s
day
hour
hours
Free P&P
See item description
(Approximately ##1##)
(Enter ##1## or more)
(Enter more than ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
Increase maximum bid
Submit bid
Confirm bid
Increase maximum bid
Cancel
Change bid
Close
, you've been outbid. Don't let it get away - bid again.
, you're the highest bidder on this item. Hope you win it.
, you're the first bidder. Hope you win.
, you're currently the high bidder, but you're close to getting outbid.
, this auction is almost over and you're currently the high bidder.
, you're the high bidder, but the reserve price hasn't been met.
Please enter your bid again.
Please enter a valid number as the bid price.
Enter an amount that is equal or greater than the minimum bid required. This can be found under the bid entry box.
Maximum bids can't be lowered once they're submitted.
This seller requires the buyer to have a PayPal account to purchase this item. Get a PayPal account here .
Your bid is greater than or equal to the Buy it now price. We recommend you purchase this item via Buy it now. If you still wish to bid, you may do so below.
Time left:
Current bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Increase your maximum bid:
By clicking 1 Click Bid, you are agreeing to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. Learn moreabout 1-click bid - opens in a new window or tab
day
hour
min
sec
days
hours
mins
secs
(approximately ##1##)
Winning bid:
Starting bid:
Close
Congratulations The auction has ended and you're the winner.
The auction has ended, but the reserve price was not met.
Sorry, the auction has ended and you were outbid.
Good news, you're the highest bidder.
Sorry, you've been outbid.
You're the highest bidder, but the reserve price has not been met.
Please enter a higher amount than the current bid.
Maximum bids cannot be lowered once submitted.
Please enter a valid number.