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The Great Russian Ball at the Academy of Music, November 5, 1863

Winslow Homer

American Art

One of the greatest spectacles of the 1863 New York social season was the Russian Ball held in honor of the officers of the Russian fleet. So detailed were the newspaper reports (which included descriptions of the dresses, the decorations, the full menu, and the amounts of food and drink consumed) that it is possible that Homer based his drawing on written accounts. Nevertheless, this engraving conveys the excitement and dizzying effects of the evening for the thousands who participated in the glittering event.

MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1863
DIMENSIONS Image: 13 1/4 x 20 3/8 in. (33.7 x 51.8 cm) Sheet: 16 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (41.3 x 57.2 cm) Frame: 22 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 73 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Great Russian Ball at the Academy of Music, November 5, 1863, 1863. Wood engraving, Image: 13 1/4 x 20 3/8 in. (33.7 x 51.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.84
IMAGE overall, 1998.105.84_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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