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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Under the Coco Palm
Other Titles
Former Title: Under the Cocoanut Palm
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor over graphite on white wove paper
38 x 53.8 cm (14 15/16 x 21 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black crayon, l.r.: Winslow Homer 1898
  • inscription: verso, black crayon: Mr. H. W. Stevens / with compliments of / W. Homer
  • inscription: verso, graphite: 25823
  • inscription: verso, graphite: [encircled:] 51465
  • inscription: verso, blue crayon: C5240
  • watermark: J. Whatm[an]
  • exhibition label: mount?, paper: Reserved for loan to Akron, Mar. 25 1969 to May 11 1969 (3/5/68 H.G.B.) [noted by Yale University Art Gallery]
  • exhibition label: mount?, paper: No. S.L. 59.36.3
Winslow Homer, gift; to Henry Wingate Stevens, Portland, ME, 1901, sold [through M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1920] [1]; to Fogg Art Museum, 1920

[1] A note in the curatorial file explains the reason for the sale: “sold to put his son through medical school.”
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition, exh. cat., Portland Society of Art (Maine) (Portland, ME, 1905), cat. 9

Portland Society of Art, exh. cat., L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Art Museum (Portland, ME, 1911-1912), cat. 2

Thirty-sixth Exhibition of Oils and Watercolors, exh. cat., L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Art Museum (Portland, ME, 1911), cat. 108

Walter H. Siple, "The Opening Exhibition", Arts (July 1927), vol. XII, no. 1, pp. 33-39, reproduced p. 39

"Traveling Exhibition of American Paintings", Parnassus, College Art Association of America (New York, NY, 1930 (December)), vol. 2, no. 8, p.7, pg. 7

M. A. Banks, The Exhibition of Homer Watercolors, Bulletin of The Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, April 1931), vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 23-26, pg. 26

Theodore Bolton, "Water Colors by Homer: Critique and Catalogue", Fine Arts (formerly known as The Antiquarian) (April 1932), pp. 16-20+, reproduced

Ann Hamilton Sayre, "Centennial of Homer Watercolors", Art News (January 25, 1936), pp.5-6, 12, pg. 6, repro.

Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 196

Charles R. Henschel, Winslow Homer 1836-1910: Loan Exhibition of Water Colours Commemorating the Centenary of His Birth, exh. cat., M. Knoedler & Co. (New York, 1936), cat. 15

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer Centenary Exhibition, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 1936), cat. 75

Winslow Homer: Water Colors, Prints and Drawings, exh. cat., Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA, 1936), reproduced, p. 23

George Henry Lovett Smith, "The Grasp of the Moment," with checklist for Winslow Homer exhibition, Concert Bulletin for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston, 1937)

Forbes Watson, Winslow Homer, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, 1942), pg. 70, repro.

Second Annual Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit, ME, 1954), cat. 18

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1958), no. 163, p. 98

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, George Braziller, Inc. (New York, NY, 1959), pl. 79

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1959), no. 137, reproduced p. 80

Hereward Lester Cooke, "The Development of Winslow Homer's Water-Color Technique", The Art Quarterly, The Art Quarterly (Summer 1961), vol. XXIV, no. 2, pp. 169-94, pp. 169-194; ill. p. 187, fig. 16

Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Winslow Homer, American Artist: His World and His Work, C. N. Potter (New York, NY, 1961), p. 250, reproduced p. 164

James Thomas Flexner, The World of Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Time-Life Books (New York, NY, 1966), p. 130, reproduced in color

Philip C. Beam, Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1966), pp. 218, 263

Winslow Homer's Sub-Tropical America, exh. cat., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL, 1968), pg. 12, cat. 39

Graham Reynolds, A Concise History of Watercolours, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1971), reproduced in b/w p. 159, plate 120

John Wilmerding, Winslow Homer, Praeger Publishers (New York, NY, 1972), p. 175, plate 5-12

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY, 1973), cat. 150, 122, repro.

Patti Hannaway, Winslow Homer in the Tropics, Westover Publishing Company (Richmond, VA, 1973), pp. 222 - 223, plate 41

Mary Ann Tighe and Elizabeth E. Lang, Art America, McGraw-Hill Book Company (New York, NY, 1977)

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-275, p. 298

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 210, 212, 255; reproduced in color fig. 201

"Stevens Gift of Winslow Homer Letters", Between the Lions [Bowdoin College Museum of Art Newsletter], Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME, Spring 1989), Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-2, p. 2, ill.

Christopher Reed, "The Artist and the Other: The Work of Winslow Homer", Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, Spring 1989), pp. 68-79, p. 75, fig. 8

Stevens Gift of Winslow Homer Letters, Between the Lions, Bowdoin College Museum of Art (1989 (Spring)), 9, no. 1, pg. 2, repro.

Kate F. Jennings, Winslow Homer, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1990), no. 79, reproduced

Alexander Nemerov, Frederic Remington and Turn-of-the-Century America, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1995), p. 36; reproduced in b/w p. 38, fig. 24

Miles Unger, The Watercolors of Winslow Homer, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, 2001), pg. 222, repro. 188-89

Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005-2014), vol. 5, p. 270, no. 1664, repr. p. 270

Robert M. Poole, "Hidden Depths", Smithsonian (May 2008), vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 86-95, repr. pp. 92-93

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. 177, cat. 135, ill.

Martha Tedeschi and Kristi Dahm, Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press (Chicago, 2008), pp. 180, 183, fig. 11 (p. 182)

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. pp. 7, 42

Ethan Lasser, "The Artist as Journalist", The Magazine Antiques (November/December 2019), pp. 86-93, pp. 92-93, repr. p. 92 as fig. 9

Colleen Walsh, "The Artist as Witness", The Harvard Gazette (September 13, 2019), e-journal, repr.,, accessed September 17, 2019

Murray Whyte, [review:] "Harvard Rethinks Winslow Homer's Civil War Legacy with Provocative 'Eyewitness' Show", The Boston Globe (October 3, 2019)

Exhibition History

Exposition d'Art Américain John S. Sargent, R. A., Dodge MacKnight, Winslow Homer, Paul Manship, Association Franco-Américaine d'Expositions, Paris, 05/18/1923 - 06/25/1923

Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 09/09/1923 - 10/26/1923

Exhibition of Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 02/06/1931 - 03/01/1931

Unidentified Exhibition, Princeton University, 1931, Princeton University, Princeton, 12/28/1931 - 02/01/1932

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

A Century of Progress Art Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 06/01/1933 - 11/01/1933

Century of Progress Art Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 05/01/1934 - 11/10/1934

Unidentified Exhibition, Lawrence College, 1935, Lawrence University, Appleton, 03/01/1935 - 04/30/1935

Unidentified Exhibition, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1935, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, 10/14/1935 - 11/16/1935

Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910: Loan Exhibition of Watercolors Commemorating the Centenary of his Birth, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 01/20/1936 - 02/08/1936

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

Winslow Homer: Water Colors, Prints and Drawings, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 09/24/1936 - 10/25/1936; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 10/31/1936 - 11/30/1936; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 12/15/1936 - 01/15/1937; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 01/30/1937 - 02/28/1937

[Winslow Homer exhibition], Symphony Hall, Boston, 01/01/1937 - 12/31/1937

Unidentified Watercolor Exhibition, Winchester Art Association, 1940, Winchester Art Association, Winchester, 11/29/1939 - 12/31/1939

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

Masters of American Watercolor, Wellesley College Museum of Art, Wellesley, 10/18/1949 - 11/20/1949

Unidentified Exhibition, Cambridge Trust Company, 1951, Cambridge Trust Company, Cambridge, 10/29/1951 - 11/23/1951

Water Colors, Drawings, and Wood Engravings by Winslow Homer from the Collections of Eight East Coast Museums, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, 02/03/1952 - 02/24/1952

Second Annual Exhibition, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, 07/01/1954 - 09/12/1954

The Art of Winslow Homer, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, 11/01/1954 - 11/21/1954; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, 12/01/1954 - 12/21/1954

American Paintings from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Symphony Hall, Boston, 02/21/1958 - 03/15/1958

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/23/1958 - 01/04/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 01/29/1959 - 03/08/1959; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/26/1959 - 05/03/1959

Watercolors by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 07/07/1966 - 08/28/1966

Winslow Homer, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 04/03/1973 - 06/24/1973; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 07/03/1973 - 08/15/1973; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 09/08/1973 - 10/21/1973

Winslow Homer Watercolors, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 03/02/1986 - 05/11/1986; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 06/06/1986 - 07/27/1986; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 09/11/1986 - 11/02/1986

Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 02/16/2008 - 05/11/2008

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

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of European and American Art at