Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
The Great New York Fair
The illustration at right is Homer's final Harper's
Weekly Illustration for 1861. This illustration takes a respite from the war
and war illustrations, and presents the generosity of New York City's Upper
Class. The image is captioned, "Great Fair Given At The City Assembly
Rooms, New York, December 1861.
December 28, 1861 - The Great Fair Given
in New York City (Click on Image for Enlarged View)
The illustration shows New York's upper crust, in
their finest clothes, bringing gifts and help to the cities needy.
The illustration shows a young boy in the foreground, presumably one of
the needy, receiving a Christmas package.
This illustration contains a lot of historic detail
on the clothing and customs of the people of New York in 1861.
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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
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