A Quiet Day in the Woods
The couple depicted in this secluded setting has been identified as Homer’s older brother Charles and his wife, Martha. Charles is absorbed in reading a newspaper, a sign of male involvement in a larger world. Martha sits nearby gazing over his shoulder—but at a slight remove with her book closed, suggesting a closer communion with the natural world. Their dress identifies them as urban visitors to the woods. As the cover image for a June issue of Appletons’ Journal, the illustration served to remind readers of the benefits to be gained during a summer excursion from the hectic city to a peaceful spot in the forest.
Image: 6 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (15.9 x 16.5 cm)
Sheet: 11 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. (28.9 x 21 cm)
Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm)
Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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