One of America’s greatest 19th century painters Winslow Homer ( 1836 – 1910 ) began his career as an illustrator . In the spring of 1961 he was sent to the front as an artist correspondent for the relatively new illustrated journal Harper’s Weekly. At that time the Weekly’s circulation had grown to over 200,000 and the illustrations were an integral part of the newspapers success. Homer had a special talent for capturing the essence of the American scenery and it’s people. These wood engravings are all original and have become not only decorative and affordable art for the home but also has great historical value for the collector. ” Raid On A Sand-Swallow Colony ” is an original wood engraving from Harper’s Weekly June 13, 1874 in excellent condition.