after Winslow Homer (Gathering Berries) New York: Harpers Weekly, July 11, 1874. Sold
In the 19th century before photography was commonly used, newspapers and periodicals were illustrated with wood engravings. Many of America's finest artists earned a paycheck by working for the newspaper creating original drawings and designs which were engraved onto wooden blocks by equally talented engravers. These wonderfully 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 engraving was based upon the work of the great American 19th century artist Winslow Homer. Certainly the most popular American artist and illustrator, Winslow Homer’s engravings, in particular, those of New England coast scenes are among the most highly collected and most valuable published in the Harpers Weekly. The warmth and charm with which he interpreted the American experience has enchanted generation after generation. Renewed interest in his illustrations has led to many Homer exhibitions recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art “American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent.”
Uncolored wood engraving as issued. 10.5 x 15.5 inches sheet. Small loss upper left margin. Good condition.