Sunday, April 8, 2012
Thure de Thulstrup
After completing his time in the French army, Thure de Thulstrup (left) went to Canada to become a civil engineer. Apparently unsuccessful in that endeavor, he emigrated to the United States the next year (in 1873) and became an artist for the New York Daily Graphic and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. As his reputation as an artist gained steam, he found job openings with other prestigious publications, including Century, Harper's Weekly, and Scribner's. At Harper’s Weekly, Thulstrup worked alongside cartoonist Thomas Nast for almost twenty years (who is credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus). As Nast’s protégé, Thulstrup landed a commission with the Louis Prang Company of Boston to produce a series of Civil War-themed prints in the 1880s, just as veterans began to memorialize the battlefields. Prang's goal was to reproduce them "for the enjoyment of the masses and the spread of art-education as well as art-appreciation." And, of course, to make money.
Thulstrup died in 1930 in New York and is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. He and his wife Lucie Bavoillot had no children and he left no personal papers behind. However, his Civil War scenes live on in the hearts of millions of Americans.
(1) Shiloh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Shiloh_Thulstrup.jpg
(2) Thulstrup: http://boardgamegeek.com/image/1115297/thure-de-thulstrup
(3) Atlanta: http://www.armchairgeneral.com
(4) Antietam: http://citylitcivilwar.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-civil-war-stamps-wonderful-pictures.html
(5) Cedar Creek: http://www.shenandoahatwar.org/The-History/The-Stories/The-Battle-of-Cedar-Creek