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Winslow Homer: The Civil War Years and Winslow Homer: The Gloucester Years


Mr. David Hendrick of Massachusetts has donated an extensive collection of wood engravings by American artist Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910) to the Columbia Museum of Art. These gifts, designated as Fiftieth Anniversary Acquisitions, include more than one hundred prints by Homer, plus additional works by Albert Bierstadt, Ehilu Vedder, and others. Running through March 4, 2001, Winslow Homer: The Civil War Years is on view in Focus Gallery 1 and Winslow Homer: The Gloucester Years is on view in Focus Gallery 3. (left: The Army of the Potomac - A Sharp-Shooter of Picket Duty, 1862, from Harper's Weekly, November 15 , 1862, wood engraving)

Homer's greatest output occurred during the Civil War when he covered the action on the front lines and the every day tedium of camp life. These sketches were faithfully engraved in New York at Harpers Weekly. The Gloucester images were produced in 1873 and 1874, and they depict the quiet and peaceful years of the residences of New England and particularly Massachusetts.

Between 1857 and 1875, Homer produced more than 280 wood engravings for major regional and national newspapers. He began working with Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, and later moved on to other major papers of the day including Harpers Bazaar; Harpers Weekly; Appleton's Journal of Literature, Science, and Art; Scribner's Monthly; Hearth and Home; Our Young Folks; and Every Saturday. (left: Waiting for a Bite, 1874, from Harper'sWeekly, August 22, 1874, wood engraving)

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