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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Homosassa Jungle
Other Titles
Former Title: Homosassa Jungle in Florida
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor on off-white wove paper
35.2 x 55.2 cm (13 7/8 x 21 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: watercolor, l.l.: HOMER 1904
  • exhibition label: 1976-1977, backing board, paper: no. 71.1.126, for American Master Drawings and Watercolors
  • exhibition label: backing board, paper, English: no. 2943.2, Homer exhibition, 1959
  • exhibition label: backing board, paper: no. 221, Homer Watercolors exhibition
  • inscription: verso, top left, graphite, in artist's hand: Winslow Homer / 1904
  • inscription: verso, center left, graphite, in artist's hand: not for sale
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: Homosassa Jungle in Florida
Winslow Homer, probably gift; to his brother Charles S. Homer, Jr., circa 1904, bequest; to Mrs. Charles S. Homer, Jr., 1917, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1935
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Homer, in memory of the late Charles S. Homer and his brother, Winslow Homer
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

William Howe Downes, The Life and Works of Winslow Homer, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1911), pg. 287

Theodore Bolton, "Water Colors by Homer: Critique and Catalogue", Fine Arts (formerly known as The Antiquarian) (April 1932), pp. 16-20+, pg. 54

William Germain Dooley, "Homer Scene Acquired by Fogg Museum", Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA, February 1, 1936), p. 6, p. 6, reproduced in b/w

"New Winslow Homer for Fogg Art Museum", Boston Post (Boston, MA, February 2, 1936)

"Watercolors by Two Americans for the Fogg", Art News (February 8, 1936), p. 13, p. 13

Fogg Art Museum Handbook, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1936), ill. p. 114

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. 23

Homer Saint-Gaudens, Centenary Exhibition of Works of Winslow Homer, exh. cat., Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA, 1937), cat. 108

Forbes Watson, Winslow Homer, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, 1942), pg. 36, repro.

Second Annual Exhibition Catalogue, exh. cat., Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit, ME, 1954), cat. 7

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1959), cat. 146

Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Winslow Homer, American Artist: His World and His Work, C. N. Potter (New York, NY, 1961), p. 247, reproduced p. 27

Artists of the Florida Tropics, exh. cat., University Gallery, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, 1965), reproduced, no. 43

Winslow Homer's Sub-Tropical America, exh. cat., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL, 1968), reproduced p. 28

Louise Todd Ambler and Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "American Painting at Harvard", Antiques (New York, NY, November 1972), vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 876-883, pp. 877, 880, fig. 10

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. 107, ill.

Patti Hannaway, Winslow Homer in the Tropics, Westover Publishing Company (Richmond, VA, 1973), pp. 270-271, plate 65

James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), p. 76, cat. 36, ill.

Donelson F. Hoopes, American Watercolor Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), pp. 61, 107, pl. 11

Winslow Homer's Florida, 1880-1909, exh. cat., Cummer Gallery of Art (Jacksonville, FL, 1977), cat. 42, repro.

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-258, p. 297

Abigail Booth Gerdts, Winslow Homer in Monochrome, exh. cat., Knoedler & Co. Inc. (New York, NY, 1986), p. 86

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 236, 256; reproduced in color fig. 221

David C. Miller, Dark Eden: The Swamp in 19th-century American Culture, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England, 1989), p. 229, fig. 11.2

Kate F. Jennings, Winslow Homer, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1990), p. 80

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Winslow Homer Watercolors, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), plate 105, color

Sue Welsh Reed and Carol Troyen, Awash in Color: Homer, Sargent, and the Great American Watercolor, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1993), pg. 127

Miles Unger, The Watercolors of Winslow Homer, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, 2001), pp. 201, 219, repro. 210-11

Patricia Junker and Sarah Burns, Winslow Homer: Artist and Angler, exh. cat., Amon Carter Museum/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Fort Worth, TX and San Francisco, CA, 2002), cat. no. 51, repr. (color), pp. 175, 230

Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005-2014), vol. 5, p. 352, no. 1746, repr. p. 352

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. 180, cat. 138, ill. p. 181

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)

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 23

Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Elizabeth M. Rudy, and Natalia Vieyra, "Armchair Travel—Imagining Faraway Places", Index Magazine, Harvard Art Museums ([e-journal], June 17, 2020),, accessed June 29, 2020

William R. Cross, Winslow Homer: American Passage, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, 2022), p. 416, repr. as fig. 252

Exhibition History

Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Winslow Homer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 02/06/1911 - 03/19/1911

Sixth Loan Exhibition: Winslow Homer, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Thomas Eakins, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 05/01/1930 - 05/31/1930

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

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

Centenary Exhibition of Works of Winslow Homer, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 01/28/1937 - 03/07/1937

American Painting from Inness until Today, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 06/22/1937 - 10/04/1937

50th Anniversary Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/18/1939 - 05/14/1939

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

A History of American Watercolor Painting, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, 12/02/1945 - 12/27/1945; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, 01/06/1946 - 01/27/1946; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, 02/06/1946 - 02/26/1946; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 03/10/1946 - 04/14/1946; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 05/08/1946 - 06/02/1946; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 06/16/1946 - 07/14/1946; William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (now Nelson-Atkins), Kansas City, 07/25/1946 - 08/18/1946; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 09/01/1946 - 09/25/1946; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 10/06/1946 - 10/27/1946; George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, 11/08/1946 - 11/28/1946

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

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

Artists of the Florida Tropics, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, 03/01/1965 - 03/31/1965; Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, 04/01/1965 - 04/30/1965; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, 05/01/1965 - 05/31/1965

Winslow Homer's Sub-Tropical America, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 08/06/1968 - 09/15/1968

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

Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974

Views of Florida, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, 03/07/1975 - 04/13/1975; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, 05/06/1975 - 06/02/1975

American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 09/01/1976 - 10/26/1976; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 11/23/1976 - 01/23/1977; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 02/20/1977 - 04/17/1977

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

Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 12/07/2002 - 02/09/2003; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 04/11/2003 - 06/22/2003

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