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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
The Lookout
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor over graphite on heavy white wove paper
37.2 x 55.6 cm (14 5/8 x 21 7/8 in.)
framed: 61.6 × 76.5 × 2.9 cm (24 1/4 × 30 1/8 × 1 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown watercolor, l.r.: HOMER 1882
  • inscription: verso, u.r., black ink: No. 26
  • inscription: verso, graphite: 25052
  • label: removed from old mount? now in curatorial file, paper, typed and printed: 299.35, [owner:] Horace D. Chapin
Winslow Homer, sold [through Doll and Richards, Boston, 1883]; to Henry C. Valentine, New York, 1883, gift; to his sister Ellen Valentine, bequest; to Josephine Danforth, 1921, sold [through Doll and Richards, Boston, 1922]; to Horace D. Chapin, Boston, 1923, 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

Forbes Watson, Winslow Homer, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, 1942), pg. 49, repro.

Philip C. Beam, Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1966), pp. 54, 261

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-263, p. 297

Görel Cavalli-Björkman and Nils Göran Hökby, En Ny Värld, Amerikanst Landskapmåleri, 1830-1900/ A New World, American Landscape Painting, 1830-1900, exh. cat., Gothenburg Art Museum and National Museum Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden, 1986), no. 47, reproduced

Tony Knipe, ed., Winslow Homer: All the Cullercoats Pictures, exh. cat., Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK, 1988), pg. 108

Tony Harrison, Winslow Homer in Cullercoats, Station Press (Port Seton, UK, 1995), pp. 69, 105, repro.

Tony Harrison, Winslow Homer in England, Hornby Editions (Ocean Park, ME, 2004), pg. 82, repro.

Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005-2014), vol. 4.1, p. 134, no. 1139, repr. p. 133

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. 159, cat. no. 121, reproduced in color

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 15

Elizabeth Athens, Brandon Ruud, and Martha Tedeschi, Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England, exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Worcester, MA and Milwaukee, WI, 2017), cat. no. 37, pp. 77, 78, 164, repr. p. 119

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Doll and Richards, 1883, Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston, 12/01/1883 - 12/15/1883

Paintings and Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston, 01/25/1923 - 02/06/1923

Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/01/1924 - 08/31/1924

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

A New World, American Landscape Painting, National Museum Stockholm, Stockholm, 09/18/1986 - 11/23/1986; Gothenburg Art Museum, Gothenburg, 12/06/1986 - 02/15/1987

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 1), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/02/2009 - 10/12/2009

Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 11/11/2017 - 02/04/2018

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

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