Illustration first gained the American public’s attention during the Civil War, when publications hired artist-reporters to document the war firsthand. Homer, a prominent landscape painter, began his career as an illustrator at Harper’s Weekly during the war. With its depictions of life on the battlefield and at home, News from the War shows the kind of illustration that resonated strongly with contemporary American readers.
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- Titles News from the War (Proper)
- Artist After an original drawing by, Winslow Homer, American, 1836 - 1910 / Published by, Harper's Weekly, United States, 1857 - 1916
- Medium wood engraving
- Dimensions sheet: 15 3/4 x 22 in. (40 x 55.9 cm) image: 13 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (33.7 x 51.4 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase, 2012.44
- Work Type print
- Classification Prints
- Provenance The Philadelphia Print Shop West, Denver, Colorado; by purchase, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama (June 20, 2012)