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Kurz, Louis (1833-1921) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Kurz, Louis (1833-1921)

Historical Note:

Born in Salzburg, Austria, Louis Kurz arrived in the U.S. in 1848 at the age of fifteen. After working as a lithographer in Milwaukee, Kurz, now a Civil War veteran, moved to Chicago and became one of the founders of the Chicago Lithographing Company. The Company was destroyed by the Fire of 1871, but Kurz's next endeavor, the Kurz and Allison partnership, would garner national acclaim. Formed in Chicago in 1880, this partnership would produce over thirty popular Civil War battle prints between the years of 1886 and 1893. These prints were unique because they reflected traditional character battle print conventions, as opposed to new forms being captured in photography.

The Chicago Illustrated project, though, was less challenging than the battle scenes, and can be expected to more accurate reflections of what was to be found.

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