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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), three wood engravings from Harper's Weekly including "Tenth Commandment" from "Harper's Weekly", March 12, 1870, p. 161. Inscribed "Winslow Homer" at the lower right. At the upper center in plate: HAVE MERCY UPON US AND INCLINE OUR HEARTS TO KEEP THIS LAW. / TENTH COMMANDMENT; across bottom: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox. / or his ass, n or any thing that is his." / " Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these laws in our hearts, we beseech thee." Size: largest 13.875" W x 9.25" H (35.2 cm x 23.5 cm); 21" W x 16.25" H (53.3 cm x 41.3 cm) with mat
Next is Winslow Homer's "NEW ENGLAND FACTORY LIFE - 'BELL-TIME'" from Harper's Weekly July 25, 1868, p. 472. This engraving is also in the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection. The Smithsonian's exhibition label reads, "In 1868, Winslow Homer took up the subject of people who worked in textile mills. Mill operatives’ activities were organized by bells that rang throughout the day. Before mid-century, Americans viewed factories as places where respectable folk—mostly women—could earn a decent income and make a contribution to the nation’s industrial transformation. By the time Homer created his picture, native-born farmwives and their daughters had long been absent from the mills. Recent immigrants and the desperately poor replaced them at the looms, the only takers for work that offered the barest sustenance." (https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/new-england-factory-life-bell-time-harpers-weekly-july-251868-37013)
Finally, Homer's "THE LAST DAYS OF HARVEST" from Harper's Weekly December 6, 1873, p. 1093. Homer's late summer to early fall scene includes two boys shucking corn in the foreground and two men using pitchforks to load pumpkins on a horse drawn wagon in the background. Philip Beam writes, "There is a noticeable fondness for the activities of boys and girls who seem to play far more than they work" and he includes this engraving among Homer's examples of scenes of rural life which follow that pattern. Scholar Gordon Hendricks in his "The Life and Work of Winslow Homer" states that Homer based this composition on a sketch from a visit to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 1868.
A Winslow Homer is best known for masterful paintings such as "Prisoners from the Front" (1866), "The Veteran in a New Field" (1865), "Snap the Whip" (1872), and "The Gulf Stream" (1899). However, earlier in his career, Homer was a printmaker in Boston and New York. At the age of nineteen, Homer apprenticed to J.H. Bufford of Boston. His long career as an illustrator for "Harper's Weekly" spanned from the late 1850's to the mid 1870's.
Provenance: private Lucille Lucas collection, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA
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These engravings are set in mats which show some age wear. "The Last Days of Harvest" has a couple of small tears at the upper center of the engraving, a foxing stain in the sky, and a tear to the lower right of mat. Otherwise engravings appear in fairly good condition with slight toning as expected.