Homer Illustrations

Explore Winslow Homer's illustrations at the Portland Museum of Art.

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This site features more than 250 illustrations by Winslow Homer. These works were selected from a collection of more than 450 works given to the Museum by Peggy and Harold Osher in 1991. This collection includes more than 90% of Homer's graphic output and chronicles the artist's early career as a commercial illustrator. With his wide range of subject matter and his fine skills of observation, Homer defined himself as one of the great interpreters of American life and culture. The breadth of this collection offers numerous opportunities to explore Winslow Homer's artistic development and to discover new details about 19th-century America.

The term "after Winslow Homer" refers to the engraving process. In most cases, Winslow Homer provided a drawing for use in making an engraving for mass publication.

Dimensions are of the image unless otherwise indicated. Height precedes width.

Illustrations photographed by meyersphoto.com.

This project is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, the Simmons Foundation, and the Wing-Benjamin Trust.