"You Are Really Picturesque, My Love"
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.
Homer drew five illustrations for the serialized novel, Beechdale, by Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune (writing under the pseudonym Marion Harland). The novel, featuring the young heroine Jessie, is a romantic tale centering on duty, false love, and moral conflict. As the story unfolds, it is discovered that Mrs. Baxter, wife of Septimus Baxter, president of Marion College, is the first cousin of Jessie’s long-dead mother.
Image: 4 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (12.1 x 17.5 cm)
Sheet: 5 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (14.6 x 21.9 cm)
Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm)
Signed lower right: "WH"
Text below image: "Drawn by Winslow Homer"
Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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