You are viewing an
original 1861 print by Winslow Homer of Colonel Wilson of Wilson's
Fighting Brigade. It is from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most
popular newspaper of the day. Note that this is not a reprint, and I
absolutely guarantee its authenticity. This print is over 140 years old,
and the date is clearly marked on the front of the leaf.
The lower right
image on the leaf is a drawing of Colonel Wilson, which was done by
Winslow Homer. Homer did the drawing from a photograph by Mathew Brady.
This is an interesting combination, given that Winslow Homer was the most
noted artist of the 1800's and Mathew Brady was the most famous
photographer of that century. Winslow Homer got his start with Harper's
Weekly doing engravings such as this one. This is a really nice portrait
of Colonel Wilson, a noted Union Commander of the Civil War. Above the
portrait is a fascinating story on Colonel Wilson, and his famous Fighting
Brigade. The back of the leaf contains a variety of interesting stories.
In the upper left of
the leaf is a portrait of Colonel Ellsworth of the Fire Zouaves, and an
interesting story on him.
Homer material is becoming increasingly difficult to find. This is one of
the lesser known of his drawings, and would make a nice addition to your
collection, or a good starting point for a new collection.