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FORBES, Edwin, artist, born in New York City in 1839. At eighteen years of age he began the study of art and devoted himself to animal painting. In 1859 he became a pupil of A. F. Tait. At the beginning of the civil war he joined the Army of the Potomac, and remained in the south as special artist for Frank Leslie, the publisher, till 1864. His sketches of his experiences during this period were preserved in a series of copperplate etchings, which were exhibited at the Centennial exposition of 1876, and awarded a medal. General W. T. Sherman bought the first proofs for the United States government, and they are now in the War Department at Washington. "The Reliable Contraband," "Coming through the Lines," and the "Sanctuary," are the most effective of these sketches. Others are, "A Night March .... Returning from Picket Duty," and " The Reveille." His "Lull in the Fight," a scene in the battle of the Wilderness, was exhibited at the National academy, New York and at the Boston athenaeum (1865). In 1877 he was elected an honorary member of the London etching club. His studio is in Brooklyn, and since 1878 he has devoted himself to landscape and" cattle pictures. His later works are: "Early Morning in an Orange County Pasture" (1879); "On the Skirmish Line" ; " Stormy March"; "Roughing"; "On the Meadows" (1880); and " Evening in the Sheep Pasture" (1881).
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