Harper’s February (1898). Edward Penfield (American, 1866-1925). Commercial lithography; orange, green, and black. Met.
Man seated on stool, reading in front of fireplace, with cat in foreground. Penfield’s poster style was his own, characterized by strong shapes simplified to the barest essentials. The simplification of detail was essential to the success of a poster which had to be immediately comprehended by a casual passerby.
Mahone’s Counterattack at the Battle of the Crater, during the siege of Petersburg, July 30, 1864. This depicts the fighting just out the the crater proper, in the surrounding entrenchments. The engagement was the biggest Union disaster of the Siege of Petersburg. Art by Don Troiani.