When Winslow Homer began his career with Harper's Weekly,
he had no formal art training and was not, at the time, respected as a great
artist. Much of his early work at Harper's Weekly was to make sketches
from Mathew Brady photographs. These sketches were then carved onto
large wooden blocks, and used to "stamp" the images onto the pages of
Harper's Weekly. These original Harper's Weekly pages have now become
treasured pieces of art.
During the year 1861 we can begin to see a transition in
Homer's work in Harper's Weekly. As the year progresses he is used
less to transcribe Brady photographs, and is used more to capture important
events, such as the Abraham Lincoln Inauguration.
Below, for your consideration, we present the entire body
of Winslow Homer work for the year 1861. We include images with his
signature, or images that are attributed in the text to Winslow Homer, or
attributed to Harper's "Special Artist", which was a designator used by
Harpers for Winslow Homer. There are a number of other illustrations
which likely are by Winslow Homer, but can not be verified for certain.
In this collection, we present only those images which can be attributed to
Homer without question or controversy.
1861 Winslow Homer Civil War Illustrations:
Click on Thumbnails for more info on the Winslow Homer Prints,
and an enlarged view.
The images above represent the work of Winslow Homer
appearing in the year 1861 in Harper's Weekly. These are the
images that are not in dispute, either because they are signed by Homer,
or referred to in the newspaper as his work, or the work of the Harper's
Weekly "special artist", a designator given to Winslow Homer. We are
hopeful that you enjoy this work, and that the resources we are making
available here are useful to you.
A Note to our Readers
We acquired the artwork 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
leafs are available for a price of $250 a piece, and the proceeds will go to continue to expand the
resources on this site.