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Winslow Homer, The Army of the Potomac—A Sharpshooter on Picket Duty—From A Painting by Winslow Homer, Esq., 1862, Wood engraving, New Britain Museum of American Art

Winslow Homer, Thanksgiving-Day in the Army—After Dinner—The Wishbone—Drawn by Winslow Homer, 1864, Wood engraving, The New Britain Museum of American Art

Winslow Homer and the American Civil War
Apr. 15 - May 29, 2011

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is widely considered America’s most popular and influential artist. Like many other artists of the nineteenth century, he began his career as an engraver, primarily of illustrations for the leading magazines of his day. During the Civil War Homer was hired to be a full-time picture correspondent in Washington and at the Front.

Forty of Homer’s Civil War illustrations made between 1861 and 1864 for Harper’s Weekly and Leslie’s magazines will be the subject of Winslow Homer and the American Civil War. Also on view will be Skirmish in the Wilderness, a rare painting by Homer which depicts a moment in the Battle of the Wilderness fought May 5 - 6, 1864.

This exhibition is part of a community-wide commemoration with Central Connecticut State University and 62 other organizational partners. Go to for more information.


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