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The work of Civil War journalist-draftsmen at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Sometimes, you want to see art that doesn't fit any pigeonhole you know. I don't know anything about journalist-

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draftsmen during the Civil War, and I don't know where they stood, or stand, as makers of fine art. A show of drawings done for the now-defunct Illustrated Weekly, opening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Jan. 15, should help sort the matter out. Or better yet, it might keep the questions flying. -- Blake Gopnik

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