Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
The Army Before Yorktown
The May 3 1862 edition of Harper's Weekly featured this
double page illustration of the Army Before Yorktown, Virginia. The
interesting thing is that the illustration includes 7 inset images,
attributed by the caption to Winslow Homer and A. R. Waud. However,
the paper does not indicate which of the illustrations were Homer's and
which were Waud's.
May 3, 1862- Army Before Yorktown
Click on the image for a close up view. I would
be interested in hearing your opinions. I am convinced that the center
left illustration, the small one showing soldiers in the water, is a
Homer. To be honest, I can see some traits in the other ones consistent
with Homer's style, but can only say for sure that the center left one
is definitely Homer's work. If you will email me your thoughts, I
will post them here, and attribute your critique to you, if you wish.
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