As the Civil War began, David Hunter Strother was perhaps the best known graphic artist in the United States. One of the nation's premier art journals described him as "one of the best draughtsman this country possesses" and many others hailed his work. Strother was born in Martinsburg, Virginia in 1816, and after studying painting he learned the craft of designing on wood for books and other periodicals. Over the coming decades, Strother became a regular contributor to Harper's Monthly, where he illustrated travelogues on New England, the Dismal Swamp, and a winter season in the South. After he passed away in 1888, his name and work might have faded with time. Fortunately, the West Virginia Libraries created this excellent collection of his work, which contains 730 illustrations and sketches created by Strother. Visitors will find revealing images of Americans at work, play, and war among their number, and the collection is definitely worth a repeat visit.
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