Winslow Homer and the American Pictorial Press

Winslow Homer. Our Women and the War. 1997September 5 – November 30, 2014
Wagner Wing

Winslow Homer
Our Women and the War
Published in Harper's Weekly, 1862
Wood engraving on newsprint
Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection

Exhibition made possible by:
Catherine and Matt Hyde


This exhibition highlights the emerging celebrity of Winslow Homer (1836–1910) and his contemporary ‘designers’ (a term the illustrators preferred) through the engraved images produced for the American pictorial press. Homer’s career as an illustrator lasted from 1857 to 1875, and he created more than 200 illustrations. From leisure scenes of the Adirondacks to battlefields of the Civil War, Homer’s images were admired even then for their engaging style and dynamic composition. The prints displayed are selected from the original newspaper editions. It is important to note that these prints were drawn by Homer and his fellow illustrators, but not engraved or printed by them. The pictorial press enlisted an army of artists, engravers, plate-makers and printers to publish these works.

This exhibition is organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection and features images by Winslow Homer, Thomas Nast and other artists of the day.

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