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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Gloucester Harbor and Dory
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and white gouache over graphite on heavy white wove paper
34.7 x 49.8 cm (13 11/16 x 19 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black watercolor, l.r.: WINSLOW HOMER
  • inscription: verso, u.l., graphite: No. 4
  • inscription: verso, left edge, graphite: #42
  • inscription: verso, u.r., graphite: 251-[E?]
Winslow Homer, sold [through Doll and Richards, Boston, 1880]; to Mrs. Charles Fairchild, Boston, 1880, gift; to Charles Nelson Fairchild, New York, by 1897, sold [through Doll and Richards, Boston, 1897]; to Edward W. Hooper, Boston, 1899. Alexander Henry Higginson, before 1902, sold [through Doll and Richards, Boston, 1920]; to Horace D. Chapin, Boston, 1920, gift; to his sister, Mrs. Robert B. Osgood, Boston, 1937, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1939
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Copley Society, Copley Society Catalogue of Paintings in Water Color by Winslow Homer, John S. Sargent, Dodge MacKnight, exh. cat. (Boston, MA, 1921), cat. no. 46

Winslow Homer, exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA, 1944), no. 33

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, MacMillan (New York, NY, 1944), section 19, repro.

Lloyd Goodrich, American Watercolor and Winslow Homer, exh. cat., Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, 1945), pg. 206, no. 29, repro.

Philip C. Beam, Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1966), fig. 5

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. 6

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 100, ill.

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-257, p. 297

Peter L. Koenig, New Horizons: Nineteenth-Century American Marine Painting, exh. cat., Art Complex Museum (Duxbury, MA, 1988), p. 8, ill. p. 16

Guy Hubbard, "The Geography of Art", Arts and Activities (March 1989), vol. 105, no. 2, p. 37

D. Scott Atkinson, Winslow Homer in Gloucester, exh. cat., Terra Museum of American Art (Chicago, IL, 1990), no. 30, color plate 37, p. 56

Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Margaret C. Conrads, Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s, exh. cat., Princeton University Press/The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Princeton/Kansas City, 2001), fig. 130 (color), p. 183, p. 209 (checklist)

Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005-2014), vol. 3, p. 393, no. 1008, repr. p. 393, repr. in color p. 477

Sophie Lévy, ed., Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, exh. cat., Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny, 2006), no. 11; p. 71, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 154, cat. no. 117, reproduced in color

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 13

Exhibition History

Paintings in Water Color by Winslow Homer, John S. Sargent, Dodge MacKnight, Copley Society of Boston, 03/05/1921 - 03/22/1921

Water Colors by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1932 - 06/15/1932

Paintings and Drawings by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1936 - 06/30/1986

Unidentified Exhibition, Mead Art Gallery, 1940, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, 04/25/1940 - 05/09/1940

Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, 05/11/1940 - 06/10/1940

Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1944 - 11/01/1944

Winslow Homer, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 11/16/1944 - 12/17/1944

American Watercolor and Winslow Homer, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 02/27/1945 - 03/23/1945; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 04/03/1945 - 05/01/1945; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, 05/15/1945 - 06/12/1945

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

American Marine Painting, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, 03/23/1988 - 05/15/1988

Winslow Homer in Gloucester, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, 10/20/1990 - 12/30/1990

Winslow Homer and the Critics: Forging a National Art in the 1870s, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 02/18/2001 - 05/06/2001; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 06/10/2001 - 09/09/2001

Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 02/22/2006 - 05/23/2006; Musée d'Art Américain, 27620 Giverny, 06/18/2006 - 09/24/2006

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2019 - 01/05/2020

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