The Straw Ride
Regarded as one of the great American Realists of the nineteenth century, Winslow Homer is known primarily for his large body of works in oil and watercolor. However, he also had an early career as a freelance illustrator, making drawings for wood engravings that were reproduced in mass-circulation periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly. In 1998, the Brooklyn Museum received a generous gift of more than 250 wood-engraved illustrations by Homer from Harvey Isbitts.
Excursions in old-fashioned vehicles like “farm wagons” gained in nostalgic charm as rapid transit by railroad replaced earlier forms of transportation. Holiday recreation in the countryside was extolled not only for health benefits, but also for opportunities to enjoy a social latitude, celebrated here in the informal proximity of young men and women. An ironic reference is also made to waning distinctions between “city folks” and “their country cousins” through fashion information provided by widely read periodicals such as Harper’s Bazaar.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1869
- Dimensions: Sheet: 9 3/16 x 13 7/8 in. (23.3 x 35.2 cm) Frame: 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (42.5 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.105.136
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Straw Ride, 1869. Wood engraving, Sheet: 9 3/16 x 13 7/8 in. (23.3 x 35.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.136
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)