Homer, Winslow (illus).
Centerfold wood engraving, in complete issue of Harper's Weekly magazine September 20, 1873. Image is 13 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches on sheet size 16 1/4 x 23 inches. Double page Winslow Homer wood-engraving has two spots of light soiling in outer left and right margin, 1 inch split at mid left and right edge (just to edge of print at left) along the light horizontal fold. This issue was bound at the centrefold with string with the result that the Homer engraving has four small pinholes. Light edge wear to issue; the supplement is present and unopened. The prominent late 19th century American artist Winslow Homer worked as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly and other illustrated journals from the 1850s to the mid 1870s, his designs being rendered as wood-engravings. This image is perhaps the most iconic of his images, from the period when he began to work in oil. In many ways this wood-engraving is superior in its simplicity to the oil painting of the same name, the black and white image capturing the irresistible movement of the boys' game. It is signed in the engraved plate by the engraver (Lagard) and the artist (Homer). Issue also includes a full page engraving "Humors of Railroad Travel" Item #52447