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The Cover
May 23/30, 2001

Home, Sweet Home

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The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(20):2549. doi:10.1001/jama.285.20.2549

Some lives are measured in years; in others, their essence is distilled into a single, significant moment. And often, it is not the spectacular but the mundane that marks the moment. It is not the battle, but the moment between the battles that brings home the reality. Such is the scene captured by Winslow Homer (1836-1910) in Home, Sweet Home (cover ), one of his earliest paintings. Barely 26, he was at the Virginia front with the Army of the Potomac working as an artist-correspondent for Harper's Weekly. The time was probably early spring 1863, between the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, which had been fought on December 13, 1862, and May 1 to 4, 1863, respectively. The painting was first exhibited in New York City in April 1863 at the National Academy of Design's Thirty-eighth Annual Exhibition. It was immediately popular.

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