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Prestige Collection 19th and 20th Century Art

Fri, Mar 29, 2024 12:00AM EDT - Thu, Apr 4, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 55

After Winslow Homer: New England Factory Life "Bell-Time"

Estimate: $200 - $300

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After Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910): New England Factory Life "Bell-Time", from Harper's Weekly, July 25,1868. Wood engraving on paper. Unframed, mounted to mat board.
In 1868, Winslow Homer took up the subject of people who worked in textile mills. Mill operatives' activities were organized by bells that rang throughout the day. Before mid-century, Americans viewed factories as places where respectable folk, mostly women, could earn a decent income and make a contribution to the nation's industrial transformation. By the time Homer created his picture, native-born farmwives and their daughters had long been absent from the mills. Recent immigrants and the desperately poor replaced them at the looms, the only takers for work that offered the barest sustenance.

11 x 16 inches print; 16 x 22 inches mat.

Private collection, New England.


Good condition considering age; the paper is toned; hinged to mat board; small rip in right age.

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