1867, "A Drove of Texas Cattle Crossing a Stream," Harper's

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1867, "A Drove of Texas Cattle Crossing a Stream," by Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) for Harper' Weekly. (Image: 14" wide x 9 1/4" high). Waud was born in London where learned art as the designer of theatrical backdrops. He came to the United States in his twenties and was employed by the New York Illustrated News. He had an ability to make sketches directly on the blocks of wood used by the newspaper's engravers. During the Civil War and during Reconstruction he provided sketches to Harper's Weekly. This stunning photo of Long Horns crossing a stream at sunset is a good example of his work. "Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization," was the creation of Fletcher Harper, one of the four brothers who founded the famous printing and publishing house in 1857. It was Harper’s intention to publish a high quality, weekly newspaper, featuring literature having only a limited number of pictures suitable for family reading. By the end of its first year, however, the "Weekly" had become a fully illustrated and sought after publication. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, its circulation and influence increased dramatically increased and the paper earned a justified place as one of the leading newspapers in the country.


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