Winslow Homer: Home From the Civil War


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Winslow Homer Civil War Art:

Home from the War

In the June 13, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly, we find this stunning Winslow Homer Illustration.  It is captioned, "Home From the War".  Homer signed this illustration simply with an "H".  There is no mistaking the trademark Winslow Homer Style in this poignant image. 

June 13, 1863 - Home from the War (Click on Image for an Enlarged View)

In 1862 we saw the stark look of blood-thirsty hate on the faces of the soldiers in the Cavalry Charge, and the look of unimaginable fear in the faces of the soldiers in the Bayonet Charge. Here, for the first time in a Winslow Homer illustration, we see a new and different look on the faces of soldiers. In this image, we see the unmistakable look of Love on each face.  We see the look of love in the face of a soldier lifting up his infant child.  We see another soldier gazing at the face of a young daughter.  Yet another, and perhaps most loving of all, is a soldier looking into the eyes of his wife and he dances with her. Another soldier tenderly escorts his mother, who stands with his younger brother.  These images of love and hope are perhaps from a sense from Winslow Homer that there there was hope for an end to war, and that men would be re-united with their loved ones.

A Note to our Readers

We acquired the images above for the purpose of digitally persevering them on this site for all to enjoy.  With the digital archive complete, we are making the original, 140 year old illustrations available for purchase.  By selling these original illustrations, we are able to acquire more material to archive on this site.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the original Harper's Weekly leafs on this page, contact The leafs are available for a price of $250 a piece, and the proceeds will go to continue to expand the resources on this site.




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