Antique American pen and ink sketch on paper of a civil war scene by William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), signed WAW on sketch, circa 1865. This sketch depicts an armored train passing a guard house. Walker is known as one of America's finest documentary artists of the Civil War and southern black culture. Dimensions: 12"H x 19-1/2"W
William Aiken Walker was born in South Carolina in 1839 and completed his first painting at age 12. He continued painting until his death in 1921 at the age of 83. In 1861, Walker enlisted in the Confederate Army and served under General Wade Hampton until he was wounded just one year later at the Battle of Seven Pines. He continued with the confederacy drawing maps and sketches until 1864. After the Civil War, Walker began painting postcard studies and small paintings, becoming one of the first artists to make a living from the tourist trade. He focused his work on the post-Civil War Reconstruction, exhibiting at the Southern Art Union and the Artists’ Association. For more than 50 years he traveled through Baltimore, Charleston along with cities throughout Georgia and Florida, with his true love being New Orleans. He sold many of his paintings on the corner of Royal and Dumaine Streets in the French Quarter.