Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
General Thomas Swearing in the Volunteers
at Washington DC
The illustration at right is a Winslow Homer illustration
of General Thomas Swearing in the Volunteers. It is the cover illustration
on the April 27, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly. The sketch is an
illustration by Homer, and continues the 1861 theme we see of Harper's using
Homer more as an illustrator and less as simply a lithographer.
April 27, 1861 - General Thomas Swearing
in the Volunteers (Click on Picture for Larger View)
The event is occurring on the grounds of the United
States Capitol. This illustration shows the unmistakable Winslow
Homer style, developed early on in his work as a lithographer, where he
relies primarily on straight, parallel lines to achieve tones in the
black and white image. This image was created shortly after the
bombardment of Fort Sumter, and the start of the Civil War.
Harpers, by running this picture and accompanying story on the front
page, was trying to show popular support for the war in the North.
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