Winslow Homer New York Fair


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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.

Homer - Great New York Fair

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.

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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