Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Confederate Caricaturist Dr. Adalbert J. Volck (1828-1912)

[1] ‘Under The Veil’ — Mr. Lincoln is seen to be a Negro when the veil is lifted.

Eight clippings from a paper titled The Argus with one of the Catonsville Biographies: A Series of Personal Sketches by George C. Keidel Ph. D.; IV. Dr. Adalbert J. Volck.

This biography was published in eight instalments in Catonsville, Maryland, in 1915. Adalbert Johann Volck (1828-1912), a Baltimore dentist who also drew Confederate cartoons and caricatures, had his country home there. Born in Augsburg, Bavaria, in Germany, as Adalbert Johann von Volzsck, he came to the US in 1848.

All I could find about biographer George Charles Keidel was his year of birth, 1868. The caricatures [1] and [6] are from Albert Shaw’s Abraham Lincoln; profusely illustrated with contemporary cartoons, portraits and scenes, New York: The Review of Reviews Corporation, Second Printing, February 1930.

[6] ‘The Passage Through Baltimore.’
[11] 1863, ‘Buying a substitute in the North during the War,’ etching. See more HERE.

‘Volck spent the war publishing for a minuscule group of no more than two hundred subscribers. (…)  By definition he was not a Confederate but a Copperhead artist — a Northern etcher with Southern principles. (…) an underground printmaker during the Civil War.’ — Neely, Jr. & Holzer & Boritt, 1987


— 1987, Mark E. Neely, Jr. & Harold Holzer & Gabor S. Boritt, The Confederate Image; Prints of the Lost Cause, The University of North Carolina Press, 260pp. See HERE (page 44, Chapter 5 / “Confederate” War Sketches).  

— 2000, Mark E. Neely, Jr. & Harold Holzer, The Union Image; Popular Prints of the Civil War North, The University of North Carolina Press, 266pp. See HERE.


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