"Sea-Side Sketches – A Clam Bake.”
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 of his day, Winslow Homer’s engravings (in particular, those of New England coast scenes) are among the most highly collected and most valuable published in the Harper's 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.”
Beloved image from an iconic American artist.
Uncolored wood engraving.
11 x 16 inches sheet.
Some age to paper, two tiny repaired tears along left edge, small loss top left all are outside of matting.
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