A.B. Frost. "A College Regatta." From Harper's Weekly.
New York, July 17, 1880. 13 1/2 x 19 5/8. Wood engraving.
Harper's Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the 19th and early 20th century. In weekly issues, Harper's presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations. These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of 19th-century America. With photographs in a primitive stage, and no television, it is through these illustrations that much of the country got its visual information about the events, personalities and places of the time. These illustrations are also one of the few sources we have today for these same things. Major artists were employed to do drawings on the spot, which were then turned into lively and detailed prints in an amazingly short period of time. While originally issued in large numbers, few have survived the ages in good condition. These are interesting, historical and very collectable prints. This delightful image shows a four oar boat from Columbia.