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Playing Old Soldier

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During the American Civil War, Winslow Homer visited many Union soldiers' camps and a few battlefields on assignment as artist-correspondent for Harper's Weekly. In addition to his sketches for the magazine, Homer painted several humorous depictions of the soldiers' camp life. In "Playing Old...

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Inscription

Lower right: Homer

Provenance

The artist; Murray P. Ryder, Portland, Me.,1860s; Murray Ryder, his son; with Vose Galleries, Boston, 1943; to MFA, 1943, purchased for $550.

Credit Line

Ellen Kelleran Gardner Fund

1863

Dimensions

40.64 x 30.48 cm (16 x 12 in.)

Accession Number

43.129

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite

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