Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
Long Bridge over the Potomac
The illustration at right is a Winslow Homer print of the
Long Bridge over the Potomac. It is from the June 8, 1861 edition of
Harper's Weekly. The illustration is captioned, "The Advance Guard of
the Grand Army of the United States Crossing the Long Bridge over the
Potomac at 2:00 AM on May 24. This is a striking image of the Union Army, on
its way to war.
June 8, 1861 - Long Bridge over the
This illustration shows several unmistakable examples
of Winslow Homer's illustration style. Notice the heavy reliance
on parallel lines to create the image of tonal variations in the Black
and White drawing. Also, notice how prominently the soldiers
bayonets become in the overall image. As the war progresses, the
bayonets become ever more prevalent in Homer's illustrations.
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old illustrations available for purchase. By selling these
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