Martial Law (Order No. 11)
John Sartain ( American, 1808 - 1897 )
George Caleb Bingham ( American, 1811 - 1879 )
A dramatic depiction of the turbulence of Reconstruction, this engraving is an excellent example of John Sartain’s ability to manipulate the range of tones between black and white. One of the most prominent engravers of his day, Sartain helped popularize other artists’ works through his reproductions in various art annuals—some of which he founded.
William Keyse Rudolph, DMA label copy, 2005.
- John Sartain was prominent in the Philadelphia art community, serving as director of the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
- Cincinnati Art Museum
View the painting by George Caleb Bingham on which the engraving is based.