One of America’s greatest 19th century painters Winslow Homer ( 1836 – 1910 ) began his career as an illustrator . In the spring of 1861 he was sent to the front as an artist correspondent for the relatively new illustrated journal Harpers Weekly. At this 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. In excellent condition. ” The Bathers “is a hand -colored wood engraving from August 2, 1873 issue of Harpers Weekly.