The War – Making Havelocks for the Volunteers (Harper's Weekly, Vol. V)
Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Harper's Weekly (American, 1857–1916)
June 29, 1861
image: 10 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (27.6 x 23.5 cm)
sheet: 15 13/16 x 10 11/16 in. (40.2 x 27.2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1929
Not on view
Homer designed this print in June 1861 during the opening weeks of the Civil War. It shows young women gathered indoors on a summer afternoon to sew uniforms for Union soldiers. They make havelocks, cloth covers for military caps with long flaps at the back that protect the neck from the sun, and one of the seamstresses models a finished example. The lack of a male presence reminds of the men who have departed for the army, leaving wives, sweethearts, and sisters behind. The shadowed portrait of a soldier on the wall foreshadows the loss of life to come.
Signature: in block: Homer
Vendor: F. W. Faxon Co.
Brandywine River Museum. "Winslow Homer and His Contemporaries," March 24, 2001–May 20, 2001.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. "Winslow Homer and His Contemporaries," March 10, 2002–April 28, 2002.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 20, 2013–August 26, 2013.
Beam 81; Gelman 116
Barbara Gelman The Wood Engravings of Winslow Homer. New York, 1969, cat. no. 116, pp. 60, 201, ill.
Philip C. Beam Winslow Homer's Magazine Engravings. New York, 1979, cat. no. 81, pp. 101, 254, ill.