Winslow Homer: Pirate Ship Alabama

 

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Winslow Homer Civil War Art:

The Pirate Ship Alabama

This April 25, 1863 Harper's Weekly gives us a taste of a theme that will dominate Winslow Homer's Work for most of his life following the Civil War . . . the sea.  The illustration is captioned, "The Approach of the British Pirate Alabama".  The image is signed in the lower left corner with Homer's distinctive mark.  The image shows a dramatic scene of a man on a ship's deck, looking through a telescope.  In the distance, a British pirate ship can be seen.  A group of concerned women surround the man, looking for news on what he sees.  This image is classic Winslow Homer, and introduces us to a new phase in his career . . . one of capturing dramatic sea scenes.  This theme will dominate his illustrations for the remainder of his life.

Winslow Homer - British Pirate Alarhma

April 25, 1863 - The Approach of the British Pirate "Alabama" (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

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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 paul@sonofthesouth.net 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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