"Dad's Coming!" (from "Harper's Weekly," Vol. XVII)
After Winslow Homer American
Publisher Harper's Weekly American
Publisher Harper & Brothers American
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In 1857 Winslow Homer began his eighteen-year career working as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, which launched in New York in the same year. The publication was one of the most successful examples of an illustrated weekly, a type of magazine dominated by images rather than text. Weeklies could be printed quickly, cheaply, and in large quantities thanks to recent advances in wood-engraving technology, in which an image was translated onto a wood block and then cast electrolytically from a wax mold. After working as a freelance illustrator during the early years of his career, Homer was hired by Harper’s as a full-time correspondent upon the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861–65). His work for the weekly ranges from wartime scenes observed from the front to nostalgic views evoking America’s agrarian past.