Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
Colonel Wilson of Wilson's Brigade
The illustration at right is a Winslow Homer illustration
of Colonel Wilson. The illustration is from a Mathew Brady Photograph.
It shows Homer's unique lithography style. On the face and head of the
subject he creates perfect tonal rendition by carefully crating an array of
delicate lines. This level of detail is reserved only for the face and
head . . . on the jacket and clothes he uses broad parallel lines, as if in
a hurry to finish the lithograph. The image is the cover illustration of the
May 11, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly
May 11, 1861 - Colonel Wilson of Wilson's
Brigade (Click on Image for Enlarged View)
Colonel Wilson was a noted character around New York
City in the 1860's. He was a famous leader of the "Mozart
Democracy, and had joined Fernando Wood in the famous bolt from Tammany
Hall. He figured prominently in almost every fight associated with New
York City democracy, and was a feared character around the city.
He was a noted prize fighter and had made a name for himself in the
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