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Edward S. Hall (active 1860-1862)

People of Baltimore witnessing the Erection of the Fortifications by Warren Zouaves

Edward S. Hall was born in England about the year 1840. Little is known of his life, but by 1860 he was a resident of New York and established as a book illustrator, having provided the illustrations for James Brady’s A Christmas Dream (New York, 1860). In 1861 he worked for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaperand was sent to Baltimore, MD with Francis B. Schell to cover the Baltimore riots. Throughout the spring and summer of 1862 he covered the war in Virginia. Leslie’s published twenty-two of his drawings from this period. The Becker Collection contains drawings Hall made in Maryland in 1861. See works by this artist. [biographical entry by Kristina Wilson]