The Army of the Potomac – A Sharp-Shooter on Picket Duty – From a Painting by Winslow Homer, Esq. (Harper's Weekly, Vol. VII)
Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)
Harper's Weekly (American, 1857–1916)
November 15, 1862
image: 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.1 x 35 cm)
sheet: 10 11/16 x 16 1/8 in. (27.2 x 40.9 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1929
Not on view
In one of his most striking compositions, Homer describes a Union rifleman perched on a tree limb, drawing a bead on a Confederate mark across the lines. The expertly balanced rifle and glinting eye indicate a marksman’s skill even as his precarious pose suggests that the soldier could himself easily become a casualty of war. At this point in his career, Homer had begun to focus on painting oils, and this wood engraving relates to a canvas now at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. When the engraving appeared in Harper’s Weekly in November 1862, the painting was not yet finished, so the print acted as a form of advance publicity and is today as well known as the oil.
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.
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