Union Army Before Yorktown


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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.

Winslow Homer Civil War

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.

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 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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