Lumbering in Winter
Our artist presents an effective picture of lumbermen engaged in their winter work. The scene represents the first stage of lumbering,—felling trees and cutting them into logs of the desired length.
While the narrative accompanying this illustration discusses the image in the context of the commercial lumber industry, the art historian David Tatham has suggested that Homer actually here depicted “farm cutting,” or the felling of trees on a family’s land (here the Baker farm) for its own use. The artist has telescoped two events—felling a tree and splitting logs— into dangerously close proximity.
Image: 12 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (30.8 x 23.2 cm)
Sheet: 14 5/8 x 11 1/8 in. (37.1 x 28.3 cm)
Frame: 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 42.5 x 3.8 cm)
Signed lower left: "J.P.DAVIS Sc."
Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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