“The Latest News from Florida:” Wood Engravings from 19th Century Periodicals
A. Worley Brown & Family Gallery at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
Wood engravings from 19th century illustrated magazines and journals documenting events in the remote land of Florida - a state that few northerners knew a lot about or would ever visit. The works in this exhibit are grouped into three sections - "life", "industry", and "war". "Life" includes depictions of daily activities and amusements. "Industry" includes depictions of processes such as citrus growing and harvesting and preparing Spanish moss for commercial purposes. "War" includes depictions of the armaments, military activities, fortification structures, and naval events. These topics proved to be of interest to those who bought these publications.
Image Credit: Harper’s Weekly, “Ft. Pickens 1861,” wood engraving on newsprint