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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Watching the Tempest
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, Newcastle
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Physical Descriptions
Watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper
35.6 x 50.4 cm (14 x 19 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown watercolor, l.l.: Winslow Homer 1881
  • inscription: verso,u.l., graphite: Storm / Near Tynemouth
  • gallery label: removed from old mount? now in curatorial file, paper, printed and handwritten: no. 6029
  • inscription: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, black ink, handwritten: Burton Mansfield Collection, April 7 1933
Winslow Homer, sold; to Thomas B. Clarke, New York, probably by 1888, sold [through American Art Association, New York, Clarke estate sale, 1899]; to Burton Mansfield, New Haven, CT, 1899, sold [through American Art Galleries/Anderson Galleries, New York, Mansfield estate sale, 1933]; to [Scott and Fowles, New York, 1933], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, February 1934, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Inter-State Industrial Exhibition of Chicago, Catalogue of the Paintings Exhibited by the Inter-State Industrial Exposition of Chicago: Seventeenth Annual Exhibition, exh. cat., Rand McNally (Chicago, 1889), cat. 245

William Howe Downes, The Life and Works of Winslow Homer, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1911), pp. 100, 101, 103, 259; reproduced opposite p. 88

John Charles van Dyke, American Painting and Its Tradition (New York, NY, 1919), p. 100

Theodore Bolton, "Water Colors by Homer: Critique and Catalogue", Fine Arts (formerly known as The Antiquarian) (April 1932), pp. 16-20+, pg. 50

Choice Oil Paintings... from the Collection of the Late Burton Mansfield, auct. cat., American Art Association/Anderson Galleries Inc. (New York, NY, April 7, 1933), no. 67, repr.; mentioned in foreword

James Thomas Flexner, The World of Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Time-Life Books (New York, NY, 1966), p. 104, reproduced

Philip C. Beam, Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1966), fig. 2, p. 22

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), p. 242, cat. 114, ill. p. 175

John Wilmerding, Winslow Homer, Praeger Publishers (New York, NY, 1972), p. 157, plate 4-8

Philip C. Beam, Winslow Homer, McGraw-Hill (New York, 1975), fig. 7

Helen Barbara Weinberg, "Thomas B. Clarke: Foremost Patron of American Art from 1872 to 1899, American Art Journal (May 1976), vol. VIII, no. 1, p. 52-83, p. 76

William H. Gerdts, "Winslow Homer in Cullercoats", Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, Spring 1977), pp. 18-35, pp. 18-19, fig. 1

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), fig. 246, CL-276, p. 298

Carol Troyen, The Boston Tradition: American Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exh. cat., American Federation of Arts (New York, NY, 1980), p. 160

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 96, 101, 216, 248; reproduced in color fig. 86

Sabine Mertens, Seesturm und Schiffbruch: Eine motivgeschichtliche Studie, Kabel Verlag (Hamburg, Germany, 1987), p. 207, ill; p. 122

Tony Knipe, ed., Winslow Homer: All the Cullercoats Pictures, exh. cat., Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK, 1988), pp. 65, 71, no 29, pg. 108, repr. 48

Kate F. Jennings, Winslow Homer, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1990), pp. 54 - 55

Constance Demuth Berg, "Letter from Cullercoats: Retracing Homer's English Odyssey", American Art (Summer 1992), pp. 92-99, pp. 92 - 99; reproduced in b/w p. 98

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.III

Peter Neill, On a Painted Ocean: Art of the Seven Seas, New York University Press (New York, NY, 1995), pg. 156, repro.

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr. and Franklin Kelly, Winslow Homer, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C.; New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), p. 179; reproduced in color fig. 143, p. 180

Tony Harrison, Winslow Homer in Cullercoats, Station Press (Port Seton, UK, 1995), pp 68, 98, repro.

Miles Unger, The Watercolors of Winslow Homer, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, 2001), pp. 102, 222, repro. 98-99

Robert J. Demarest, Traveling with Winslow Homer, America's Premier Artist/Angler, Apple Trees Productions (New York, 2002), fig. 52 (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), pp. 448-49, cat. 201, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), pp. 462-63, cat. 201, ill.

Tony Harrison, Winslow Homer in England, Hornby Editions (Ocean Park, ME, 2004), pg. 100, repro.

Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005-2014), vol. 4.1, p. 83, no. 1084, repr. p. 83

Sophie Lévy, ed., Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, exh. cat., Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny, 2006), p. 17, fig. 5

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. 155, cat. no. 118, reproduced in color, p. 157

Marco Goldin, Van Gogh and Gauguin's Journey: Variations on a Theme, exh. cat., Linea d'Ombra (Treviso, Italy, 2011), ill. p. 153

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 19

Georgina Rayner, "Light Effects", Index Magazine ([e-journal], July 31, 2018),, accessed August 15, 2018

Ethan Lasser, "The Artist as Journalist", The Magazine Antiques (November/December 2019), pp. 86-93, pp. 92-93, repr. as fig. 10

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

William R. Cross, Winslow Homer: American Passage, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, 2022), p. 271, repr. as fig. 156

Exhibition History

Third Annual Loan Exhibition... from Members' Collections, New York Athletic Club, New York, 02/02/1889 - 02/02/1889

Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Union League Club, New York, 04/11/1889 - 04/13/1889

Seventeenth Annual Exhibition, Inter-State Industrial Exhibition of Chicago, Chicago, 09/04/1889 - 10/19/1889

Thomas B. Clarke Collection of American Pictures, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 10/15/1891 - 11/28/1891

The Paintings of Two Americans, Union League Club, New York, 03/10/1898 - 03/12/1898

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

Exhibition of Paintings, Pottery and Glass loaned by loaned by the Honorable Burton Mansfield of New Haven, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 04/13/1920 - 10/31/1920

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

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

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

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