antique prints, maps and watercolors

after Winslow Homer. (The Morning Bell) New York: Harper's Weekly, 1873. $225.00

"The Morning Bell"

In the 19th century, before photography became commonplace, newspapers and periodicals were illustrated with wood engravings. Many of the best artists of the day earned their bread and butter creating the original drawings for these prints and which were then engraved on wood by equally talented engravers. These minutely detailed original prints provide fascinating glimpses into the daily life of the period depicting people from all walks of life and in every social stratum.  This wood engraving is based upon the work of the great American artist, Winslow Homer and was included in the December 13, 1873 issue of Harper's Weekly. His wood engravings are among the most highly collected and most valuable published by Harper’s Weekly, and one of the very few ways in which a collector can own an original work of art by the great Winslow Homer.

Uncolored wood engraving,
11 x 16 inches sheet,
small repaired tear outside image upper left margin, one foxing stain outside right margin.