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Our Women and the War

Winslow Homer

American Art

This engraving honors the diverse women who made and laundered soldiers’ clothing, wrote letters home for the wounded, and tended to dying men. The accompanying text noted: “[T]here is no woman who can not in some way do something to help the army. This war of ours has developed scores of Florence Nightingales, whose names no one knows, but whose reward, in the soldier’s gratitude and Heaven’s approval, is the highest guerdon woman can ever win.”
MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1862
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 15 3/4 x 21 5/8 in. (40 x 54.9 cm) Image: 13 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (34.3 x 52.1 cm) Frame: 22 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 73 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.105.76
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Our Women and the War, 1862. Wood engraving, Sheet: 15 3/4 x 21 5/8 in. (40 x 54.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.76
IMAGE overall, 1998.105.76_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Folio Page from Harper's Weekly, September 6, 1862, vol. VI, pp. 568-569
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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Our Women and the War