Winslow Homer Civil War Prints: 1862


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Winslow Homer Civil War Art:

The Undisputed 1862 Civil War Collection

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 1862, Harper's Weekly was beginning to recognize the genuine artistic talent of Winslow Homer. We begin to see his work featured on its own merit. During 1861, we saw a transition for Homer from simply transcribing Brady photographs, to him being used to capture important news events, such as Lincoln's Inauguration.  In 1862 we see a further transition from Homer as a news illustrator to Homer as an artist. So, if 1861 is to be considered the year that Homer transitioned from Lithographer to Illustrator, then we must consider 1862 to be the year of his transition from illustrator to artist.

This year saw Homer create the three most memorable and collected pieces from his Civil War Years, which were, The Sharpshooter, The Surgeon, and Thanksgiving in Camp.

Below we present, for your consideration, the 1862 works of Winslow Homer.

1862 Winslow Homer Civil War Illustrations:

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Winslow Homer Christmas in Camp

January 4, 1862- Christmas Boxes in Camp -  Christmas 1861

Winslow Homer Infantry Charge

The Civil War Infantry Charge

Rebel Soldiers

May 17, 1862-

Rebel Soldiers

Winslow Homer Civil War

May 3, 1862- Army Before Yorktown

Union Cavalry

May 17, 1862 -  The Union Cavalry

Winslow Homer News from the War Print

June 14, 1862 - News form the War

Winslow Homer-  The Civil War Surgeon at Work in the Field

July 12, 1862 - The Civil War Surgeon at Work in the Field

 The Cavalry Charge

July 5, 1862 - The War for the Union - The Cavalry Charge

Winslow Homer- The Bayonet Charge

July 12, 1962 - The War for the Union -The Bayonet Charge

Civil War Women

Winslow Homer Civil War Women

Winslow Homer- The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty

November 15, 1862 - The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty

Ice Skating Picture

Winslow Homer Ice Skating Picture

Winslow Homer -  Thansgiving in Civil War Camp

November 29, 1862- Thanksgiving in Camp

Homer Picket Illustration

June 7, 1862 - Union Pickets in the Woods

The images above represent the work of Winslow Homer appearing in the year 1862 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 The leafs are available for a price of $250, with the exception of the "sharpshooter", which is $1100, 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.




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