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Pay-Day in the Army of the Potomac

Winslow Homer

American Art

This illustration most likely was part of the series that Harper’s ran on life at the front. Here, the soldiers line up to receive their pay, and after sending money and letters home, they descend upon the sutler, a merchant who followed the army and sold provisions to the soldiers. Homer took care to depict the men as a heterogeneous group—old and young, white and black, officers and enlisted men.

MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1863
DIMENSIONS Image: 13 5/8 x 20 1/2 in. (34.6 x 52.1 cm) Sheet: 16 3/8 x 22 3/4 in. (41.6 x 57.8 cm) Frame: 22 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 73 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS In caption: "Drawn by Mr. Homer"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Pay-Day in the Army of the Potomac, 1863. Wood engraving, Image: 13 5/8 x 20 1/2 in. (34.6 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.79 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.79_bw_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1998.105.79_bw_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2018
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). <em>Pay-Day in the Army of the Potomac</em>, 1863. Wood engraving, Image: 13 5/8 x 20 1/2 in. (34.6 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.79 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.79_bw_SL3.jpg)