Life in Camp, Part 2: In the Trenches; Good Bye; Fording; Extra Ration; The Field Barber; The Girl He Left Behind Him; Drummer; A Deserter; Home on Furlough; The Rifle Pit; Teamster; Our Special
After Winslow Homer American
Publisher Louis Prang & Co. American
Publisher Beadle & Co. British
Not on view
In 1864 Homer designed two series of lithographed collectors’ cards titled Life in Camp for the Boston publisher Louis Prang & Co. Unlike his serious war-time images for Harper’s Weekly, the artist felt free to inject humor into these miniature comments on army life which include images of wives and sweethearts and soldiers enjoying themselves on leave. Several Zouaves are depicted, members of Union volunteer regiments whose colorful North-African inspired uniforms were distinguished by baggy trousers, a short jackets and tasseled caps. Homer even caricatured himself in a card titled Our Special. By 1864 the war was entering its final months and formerly sacrosanct subjects could be approached more lightly.
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