Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
The Undisputed 1863 Civil War Illustrations of Winslow Homer
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.
By the year 1863, Winslow Homer was respected as a great
illustrator and artist. We see his images both capturing, and
interpreting the horrific was scenes going on around him. At the same
time, he always was able to bring a human element to his illustrations, an
element often missing from the work of his contemporary illustrators.
Below, for your perusal, are the complete, undisputed works of Winslow Homer
1863 Winslow Homer Civil War Illustrations:
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Winslow Homer Print
January 17, 1863 - A Shell in Rebel
January, 24, 1863 - Winter Quarters in
February 28, 1863 - Pay Day in the Army
of the Potomac
June 13, 1863 - Home from the War
April 25, 1863 - The Approach of the
British Pirate "Alabama"
Winslow Homer's Great Russian Ball
The Great Sumter Meeting in Union Square
Winslow Homer Great Russian Ball at the
New York Academy of Music
The images above represent the work of Winslow Homer
appearing in the year 1863 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 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
leafs are available for a price of $250, with the exception of the
"sharpshooter", which is $600, due to the extremely rare and collectible
nature of this image. and the proceeds will go to continue to expand the
resources on this site.