Marine Café Blog is happy to greet its American readers a cordial Thanksgiving Day. In celebration of this event, which is observed every fourth Thursday of November in the United States, I’d like to share the following works of art from the 19th century. I hope that this limited selection will open for all the blog’s readers a window to American history and culture.

Click here to learn about the history behind Thanksgiving Day.

The First Thanksgiving, 1895
Brush and ink, ink wash, graphite, white chalk and scraping on board
William Ladd Taylor (American, 1854–1926)
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thanksgiving in Camp, from Harper’s Weekly, 29 November 1862
Wood engraving on paper
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The First Thanksgiving Dinner, 1868
Wood engraving on paper
William S.L. Jewett (American, 1834–1876)
Courtesy of The Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts 

Thanksgiving for the Homeless—In a City Restaurant, 1872
Wood engraving on paper
Thomas Worth (American, 1839–1917)
Courtesy of The Clark Art Institute, Massachussetts
(digitally enhanced by Marine Café Blog)

Home to Thanksgiving, 1867
Hand-coloured lithograph
Currier & Ives (American, active 1834–1907) after George Henry Durrie (American, 1820–1863)
Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

~Barista Uno

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