Harper's Weekly was the most popular American newspaper of the 1800’s, most famous for its pictures of the Civil War. Harpers Weekly, also known as “A Journal of Civilization” was based in New York City and published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 through 1916.
Harper's Weekly was the first newspaper to include actual images along with text, allowing the readership to see pictures from the battlefield, including maps and key figures from the Civil War. This was accomplished by sending artists as well as reporters to the front lines documenting the war through both text and artist renderings. Through a fascinating process, small sections of these sketches were carved into 2” wood blocks by a number of craftsmen and then attached to make a master stamp to be printed on the newspaper. Using numerous carvers allowed the paper to print many historic images making Harpers Weekly the definitive authority on the Civil War.
Many of the most famous illustrators of the 19th century got their start illustrating for Harpers Weekly, including cartoonist Thomas Nast, Winslow Homer, Grandville Perkins and Livingston Hopkins, to name a few. Their illustrations have become quite collectible and historic pieces of art.
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General View of Harpers Ferry and the Maryland Heights
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General Stone’s Division at Edward’s Ferry October 20, 1861
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1861 Cannon Civil War Weapon Columbiad Mortar Fort Sumter Harpers Weekly Print
Fort Johnson as Seen from Fort Sumter Civil War Print Harpers Weekly
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1879 Central Park The Dangers That Threaten It Drawn by Thomas Worth
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1879 Harpers Weekly STREETS NEW YORK Child Labor NYC
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1879 Jean Louis Ernst Meissonier Painter Sculptor
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Alexander H Stephens Civil War Engraving Antique Print
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Harpers Weekly Battle of Bull Run Print
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Blenker's Brigade Covering the Retreat Near Centreville Civil War Engraving
Civil War Fort Pickens Second Reinforcement April 16, 1861
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Civil War Lieutenant General Winfield Scott Antique Engraving Harpers Weekly
Civil War Meeting in Union Square New York City Print Harpers Weekly
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Civil War St Louis Missouri US Arsenal Fortification Harpers Weekly Antique Print
Civil War Print Battle of Bull Run Plans of Operation Harpers Weekly
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Civil War Print Custom House Baltimore Harpers Weekly
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Civil War Regiment 7th Marching New York City Broadway History Antique Print
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Eighth Massachusetts Regiment Repairing Bridges on the Railroads from Annapolis to Washington
The Advance Guard of the Army of the United States Crossing the Long Bridge Over the Potomac
Civil War US Arsenal St Louis Missouri Harpers Weekly
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Fort Pickens Pensacola Civil War Florida Harpers Weekly Engraving Print
Fort Sumter Civil War Officers Antique Print Harper's Weekly Charleston SC 1861
General David E Twiggs Civil War Antique Print Harpers Weekly
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George Washington's Entrance into New York Evacuation Day Nov. 25, 1783
Harpers Weekly Print Paul Reveres Ride
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Manassas Junction Evacuation By the Confederates February 1862
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Massachusetts Volunteers Philadelphia Faneuil Hall Civil War Print
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Civil War US Sloop of War Brooklyn Harpers Weekly Engraving
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