John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Advent Art: A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Winslow Homer (1836-1910
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Harper's Weekly, December 24, 1859, 1859
Wood engraving on paper
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Harper's Weekly, December 24, 1859
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington

I don't know if this is what Christmas was really like for (upper class, white, northeastern, urban) Americans in the 1850s and 1860s, or if it just represents what Winslow Homer thought it should be like, but regardless, this is typical of the seasonal engravings for Harper's during those years. Sleigh rides, elegant parties, top hats and fur muffs, and so on. This one is somewhat unusual in that it incorporates some religious symbology at the center; most of his engravings were quite secular.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: Christmas in the doghouse
2004: Madonna and Child II
2005: Merry Christmas and thanks for the hot rod race
2006: A Holiday Wish
2007: Madonna and Child
2008: Waltz of the Flowers
2009: Advent
Tags: advent: 2010, art: printmaking

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